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Unleased in Red River and Bienville

We are a novice in trying to understand Sonris. We own approximately 38 acres in both Red River and Bienville Parishes.  14N R7 33,34 outside of Ashland and 12N 8 29 near Grand Bayou Reservoir. Both were leased twice about 8 years ago, but have not had any further leasing opportunities except the occasional generic letter asking if we would like to sell our rights. We can no longer locate the coordinates on the Ashland area on Sonris. Do not know if the land has been removed from Haynesville…


Added by Renee W on May 9, 2018 at 2:14 — 2 Comments

Catching Up on a Few Things


Now that we are back on the old platform, there are a couple things I'd like to bring to your attention to get back in the groove.

County Groups…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on July 12, 2017 at 14:22 — No Comments

Woodbine Leon County

Anyone has information regarding porosity for the woodbine formation northern Leon county? I'm wondering how far the eaglebine play extends... I have seen some indication of structural control to the north, and some fields with WOC defined...not sure if the Woodbine is more conventional in nature in that area

Added by FC on May 15, 2015 at 7:12 — 1 Comment

Mineral Evaluation - From a Mineral Investor's Perspective

Hello all, in light of what Skip Peel and others have written about mineral values, buying and selling, I thought it might be interesting to describe the viewpoint from "the other side" as to how we go about evaluating and acquiring minerals.   For reference, I founded Axiom Minerals about two years ago and concentrate the vast majority of our efforts in the Haynesville Shale area of North Louisiana and East Texas.

DISCLAIMER: This post solely reflects the personal opinions and…


Added by Jake Stroud on August 17, 2014 at 11:46 — 1 Comment

Trade Show Tips

I can't tell you how many times I have seen companies spend tens of thousands of dollars at a single trade show, and then NEVER FOLLOW UP on their leads. Mind boggling, right? If you are exhibiting at trade shows, here are a few things that can help your ROI.

1. Pre-show promotion. Reach out to customers, spread the word via social media, if you advertise, include "See us at XXX Show" in your ads. A very…


Added by Jody Hill on August 13, 2014 at 14:17 — No Comments

Do I Need Twitter?

I've had many client's ask me this question..."I don't use Twitter. Does my company need to have a Twitter account?" I was a disbeliever myself until I set up the first account for a client of ours. Twitter gives you the opportunity to connect with people and companies, and disseminate news quickly and easily, and if your "Tweets" are of interest, they may be "retweeted" by your followers, spreading that news much farther and to a larger audience. Once you set up an account, go to the search…


Added by Jody Hill on August 13, 2014 at 14:19 — No Comments

Helpful Tips for Successful Royalty Management

By Davis Powell and Daniel Simpson

with SHALETRAK ONLINE Royalty Management Software


ShaleTrak often works with owners who are new to the process of receiving revenue from oil and gas production.  Below are a few basic tips to help oil and gas royalty owners with the management process:…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on March 25, 2014 at 14:31 — 3 Comments

NARO Louisiana Event to Highlight Issues Facing Royalty Owners

Monday, April 7, 2014

Topics: Louisiana geology (Haynesville Shale, Brown Dense, Tuscaloosa…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on February 17, 2014 at 11:00 — 6 Comments

No Shortage Of Shale Oil Plays (Seeking Alpha)

The Bakken and Eagle Ford may currently be the largest unconventional oil producers in the U.S., but the two fields certainly do not hold a monopoly on horizontal oil. In fact, North America's shale oil plays may prove to be just as abundant and diverse as the continent's natural gas plays. SM Energy's (SM) earnings and operating update …


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on May 1, 2013 at 4:27 — No Comments

Will Barnett Shale Study End Debate Over Gas Outlook?

Musings: Will Barnett Shale Study End Debate Over Gas Outlook?

Last Thursday, officials at the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology released highlights of its two-year study of the Barnett Shale field. This is ground zero for the American shale revolution since it is where George Mitchell and his engineers tested the thesis that by drilling horizontal wells and applying substantial…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on March 7, 2013 at 5:30 — No Comments

Interested In All That This NC Architect Can Absorb on the Industry

One of my reasons for getting on here was simply to get my own unfiltered information on the exciting developments going on in the shale oil & gas areas of the country and see what jobs there may be lurking out there for an architect whose last position was principal in a civil engineering consulting firm.

In this area of the country, I encounter cohorts, work colleagues, and academics totally oblivious to the sea change taking place in the energy industry. I mention the…


Added by Geoffrey (Geoff) Emery Hoffman on March 11, 2013 at 11:29 — No Comments

My Response to FrackNation: Ball's in your court Gasland

By Keith Mauck


Well, that was the best $20 I’ve spent in…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on January 23, 2013 at 4:30 — 5 Comments

How Low Can It Go? Questions From Those Who Can't Believe the Commodity Prices on Their Royalty Statement

Recently a GHS member asked a few pointed questions that demonstrate the frustration felt by anyone who has labored through deciphering their royalty statement only to discover they're being paid far less for their gas than the prices reported on TV. 

Whole books can (and have) been written on the issues surrounding the payment and reporting of royalties, and this post is not intended to be as comprehensive. Rather, I hope this post will address some common and reasonable concerns…


Added by Andrew on January 11, 2013 at 1:57 — 6 Comments

The EPA's Tainted Fracking Tests (WSJ OpEd)

Link to the WSJ OpEd >

The agency's groundwatercontamination finding is undermined by the U.S. Geological Survey.

It has been four decades since Richard Nixon launched "Project Independence" with the goal of making the United…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on January 2, 2013 at 7:22 — 13 Comments

Transzap, Oildex Named to Software Magazine’s Software 500

Transzap, Oildex Named to Software Magazine’s Software 500

Software Magazine Ranks Transzap, Inc. & Oildex as one of the World’s Largest Software Companies


DENVER and HOUSTON – December 13, 2012- Transzap, Inc. today announces its inclusion in Software Magazine’s Software 500 ranking of the world’s largest software and service providers, now in its 30th year. Transzap and Oildex…


Added by Oildex on December 20, 2012 at 9:35 — No Comments

"Which 'Royalty' Is It?" Problems with Nomenclature

This post touches upon a commonly misunderstood issue: That the word "royalty" is used to described many different kinds of mineral right, which are governed by separate legal regimes in many cases. 

These distinctions become relevant when one has questions like "Does XYZ's royalties expire when a lease expires?" or "Are my royalties subject to prescription?" The answers to these questions and others depend on what kind of…


Added by Andrew on December 10, 2012 at 3:08 — 2 Comments

Tips on Writing a Demand Letter

There is no set “form” demand letter. A demand letter can be formal or informal, written by an attorney on behalf of a client or written by an individual on his own behalf, demand payment or demand some other action from a party. No matter the form, a demand letter’s purpose is the same – avoid litigation and expedite a resolution of whatever dispute exists between the parties.

This article contains guidelines and tips for drafting an effective demand letter – one that is more likely…


Added by Eric Camp on October 13, 2012 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

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