My first gohaynesvilleshale.com blog

My first gohaynesvilleshale.com blog:
Haynesville asked me to do a blog every other week here on gohaynesvilleshale.com. I decided my first entry should be a little bit of history about how I got involved in all of this so here goes.
I have 3.5 acres in a Desoto Parish neighborhood. We were one of the first families to move into our subdivision. After my divorce I chose to stay here with my boys because it is such a peaceful area filled with good hardworking families. One of those families bought the worst lot in our neighborhood a few years ago. This family worked hard to clear the lot and make it inhabitable. After much work they moved a home onto the property.
One week in April of 2008 land men were canvassing our neighborhood. I happened to be home sick. The land man stopped by my home and offered me $1,500.00 per acre to lease my minerals. Of course, I said no. The next day my neighbor next door told me the hard working family I mentioned above signed a lease for $350.00 per acre the same day I was offered $1,500.00 per acre the local beauty shop owner called me and said another person on another street received $4,500.00 per acre. All of these offers were given by the same company on the same day.
The neighbor who signed for $350.00 per acre was Hispanic American who lives in a trailer and does not speak English well enough to really understand the details of what he was signing. I am a single mother, nurse and have a small but comfortable wooden home on my little parcel of paradise. The person offered $4,500.00 per acre has more land than me. This made me feel things were being done based on socio-economic lines. That made me angry. Now, my Mama always said I am like a cross between a pit bull and a Chihuahua when I get angry and she is right!
I began to research oil and gas leasing, environmental impact, land owner rights, Louisiana oil and gas law, department of conservation regulations, etc. I also contacted channel 3, 6, and 12 news via email as well as the Shreveport times and reserved a room at the local library to have a meeting. On April 26, 2008 I had my first oil and gas meeting. I expected to get 50 neighbors there to discuss what was happening in our area. 400 people showed up! We had to move the meeting to the park because the library was not large enough to hold the crowd. Vickie Wellborn from the Times was there and did a great article in the paper the following Sunday and Monday. I interviewed with Jim Roberts of channel 3 and they broke the story on TV. Later channel 12 came out and interviewed me during one of my “meetings on the front lawn” I began having in my neighborhood.
The magnitude of the turn out at my first meeting convinced me there was a serious need to educate land owners. I started seeking a larger venue in which to have meetings. I also continued to research oil and gas drilling, mineral leasing, regulations and laws related to oil and gas, law suits, companies involved in oil and gas drilling, etc. I met with people from various aspects of the industry as well as attorneys, etc.
I could not find a venue large enough that I could afford so I was getting frustrated when I read that Mayor Cedric Glover of Shreveport had traveled to Fort Worth to learn about the Barnet Shale and how the cities impacted by urban drilling had handled things. I decided to take a chance and email him for help. Imagine my surprise when Mayor Glover called me back personally. He was very interested in working together to put forth a public forum. Within 2 weeks of that first phone call we were preparing to have the Shreveport public forums. We had a turn out of over 1300 people for the June 12, 2008 forum and I think it was a little more at the June 21, 2008 meeting. Needless to say I was very excited to see people becoming educated.
Once the forums were done I turned my attention back to my little corner of the world. I got a map of my section and put out flyers, went door to door, etc. in order to reach people who were not yet leased. We began having meetings in my living room. When we outgrew my living room we moved to my yard. As time went by we added people form other surrounding sections to our group. We now have ~500 acres in our group.
I continue to receive many requests for help and I have noticed the plethora of people/companies suddenly cropping up to represent people in negotiating mineral leases. I became concerned about these businesses because they were charging 4%-5% of peoples sign on bonuses and some were charging parts of their royalties as well. I did not think these companies were looking beyond the dollar signs and ensuring clauses to protect the land and land owners nor are they educating land owners so I have opened a consulting firm. I still have my day job and my two boys to care for but I give talks to neighborhood groups so they will be a little more informed (for free, everyone deserves to have a starting point of knowledge!), I continue to negotiate for our group and I am starting to have some paying clients. Of course, I continue to research and take every opportunity in the media to help educate land owners.
I do not think the oil and gas companies are evil. I do think they are smart business people who want to maximize profits. We, the land owners have been entering into these leases in much too frivolous a manner up to this point. It is a business deal folks, we need to treat it as such…hmm, good topic for the next blog! Until next time, happy shaling folks! Kassi205

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Comment by Joan Williams on August 20, 2008 at 12:43pm
Kassi
A while back, I believe you posted a Mineral Lease Items for Inclusion
Now that I need it, I cannot find it ! Can you please tell me where to it ?
I have been searching and searching with no luck. Soooooooo I need your help! Thanks sooooooooo much !
Comment by Sheila C on August 6, 2008 at 10:54pm
Kassi:

I joined this website in the early stages and immediately knew you were someone who could be trusted and had a vast knowledge of this industry. It is rare for someone to stick their neck out like you have to help your community. Thank you for helping us common folk understand what we are dealing with and keep up the good work.
Comment by CR on August 5, 2008 at 7:12am
I think Marcia Cross from Desperate Housewives would be just the ticket. Movie names...Chesapeake and Petrohawk=Chesahawk and Petropeake. XTO=TOX. Encana= En-A-Can, lol. We'll go find Larry Hagman to direct it. We already have the industry here and we're in the thick of it all. It's a ready-made movie!! Who would have ever thunk it?
Comment by Dorcheated A1 on August 4, 2008 at 4:41pm
Nice job Kassi.
Comment by Renee S Cd1 on August 2, 2008 at 11:59pm
"Ann Margaret may be too old by now." KB, you're showing your age. She was pretty though, wasn't she? Kassi, thanks for all your help on this site.
Comment by Aubrey C. Sanders, Jr. on August 2, 2008 at 2:39pm
KASSI, CONGRATULATIONS. YOU MADE MY DAY WHEN I READ THIS.

If I only had someone like you to help in North Shongaloo-Red Rock and Haynesville fields. I have tried for years to get some organization of landowners, but with limitted success. I am both a landowner and O&G operator and have always put landowner interest on par with mine. I have seen my share of crooks in our area for 50 plus years.

I hope every landowner will read your blog. If the follow your example just a tiny bit they will do O.K.
Comment by Kassi on August 2, 2008 at 1:49pm
Well I would love to. Just have to have the time, between working full time, being a single parent of 2 young boys (one of whom is high functioning autistic) and the oil and gas stuff I am meeting myself coming and going! Maybe one weekend when the boys go to their Dad's I can do something like that..
Comment by Kassi on August 2, 2008 at 8:30am
Yea well, maybe Hollywood will come calling and I will get rich that way, retire and be a full time land owner advocate cause it ain't gonna happen off my little 3.5 acre slice of heaven..hehe
Comment by Sue on August 2, 2008 at 8:26am
Kassi,
You are famous! What a great article.
Comment by Cynthia Ivey on July 31, 2008 at 6:20pm
I'm not sure if I'm doing this right but I just read the response from sesport person and I now see that I shouldnt really be concerned about how much but what will happen to the environment in the long run. I love in Houston and my grandfather worked very hard for his acreage and he loved it very dearly, so I want to respect that and maybe I too should do more research on what the effect on the land and animals as well this Haynesville Shale project will have inthe long run.

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