NARO Louisiana Event to Highlight Issues Facing Royalty Owners

Monday, April 7, 2014

Topics: Louisiana geology (Haynesville Shale, Brown Dense, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale & Wilcox), Mineral/royalty legal cases, surface issues, unitization, fracking, and future challenges facing Royalty Owners.





APRIL 7, 2014

7:00 – 8:00      Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15      Welcome & Introduction of NARO Louisiana----------- Lynn Higginbotham, President, NARO Louisiana

8:15 – 8:30      NARO National Update------------ Jerry Simmons, Executive Director, NARO

8:30 – 9:15      Surface Issues ------------- Steve Muslow, Muslow Forestry, Inc.

9:15 – 10:00    Area Sand/Shale Plays --------------- Rick Turner, Geologist, Barrow-Shaver Resources Company

10:00 – 10:15 BREAK

10:15 – 10:45  Unitization in Louisiana ---------- John Kalmbach, Attorney, Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC

10:45 – 11:45  Mineral/Royalty Legal Isssues -------------- Jim Bethard, Attorney, Bethard & Bethard

11:45 – 1:00    Lunch/The Value of Mineral Ownership ------- Robert McGowen, Petroleum Engineer, Coutret & Associates

1:00 – 1:15      BREAK

1:15 – 1:45      Fracking ---------------- Jim Strain, Vice President, Bear Creek Engineering

1:45 – 2:45      Current Mineral/Royalty Legal Issues ----------- Randall S. Davidson, Attorney, Davidson, Jones & Summers

2:45 – 3:00      BREAK

3:00 – 3:45      Future Challenges Facing Royalty Owners -------- Terry Retzloff, President, NARO Texas

3:45 – 4:15      NARO LA Website Demo & Closing Remarks --------- Lynn Higginbotham

4:15 – 4:45      NARO Louisiana Membership Meeting

Spacing is limited to the first 75 registrants.

Continuing Education credits will be available for most organizations.

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Comment by RBT on April 15, 2014 at 14:54

Past HS experience has apparently led to many advances in technology with the fracking procedure, as well as more efficient unitization methods.  To me, these were positive signs on the horizon for HS.  The two speakers that covered the Current Mineral/Royalty Legal Issues were  interesting, for example, a high % of cost-free royalty clauses are not being honored, and that this day and time, one needs a cost-free royalty clause "on steroids"! Not exactly what I wanted to hear, but informative none the less.

Comment by Skip Peel - Independent Landman on April 15, 2014 at 10:55

I find it interesting that unitization is the only topic mentioned so far.  I would have thought that the topic of greatest interest to the majority of mineral lessors would be Current Mineral/Royalty Legal Issues.

Comment by RBT on April 14, 2014 at 17:37

The conference went very well!  All speakers were prepared and covered a variety of topics of great interest to me.  Of particular interest to me were the discussions on fracking and cross-unitization. Am glad I had the opportunity to join the NARO Louisiana Chapter.  Thanks to Deborah Walker for informing me of this opportunity. 

Comment by Paul Vallhonrat on April 10, 2014 at 10:21
Great conference. The presentation regarding unitization was particularly good, but might have benefitted from more time allowed. Overall, it was very informative and well organized.
Comment by Deborah Walker on February 28, 2014 at 14:45

The lineup is outstanding; all speakers recognized in their respective fields. Local speakers will be Steve Muslow, Muslow Forestry, discussing water and ROW issues; Rick Turner, geologist from Barrow-Shaver Resources-past pres of local geological society speaking on active Louisiana plays; John Kalmbach, atty with Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway-addressing unitization for the royalty owner; Jim Bethard, atty with Bethard & Bethard in Coushatta, speaking about legal issues faced by royalty owners; Keynote speaker is Robert McGowen, engineer with and pres of Coutret & Assoc, discussing the value of mineral ownership; Jim Strain, VP of Bear Creek Eng, discussing fracking in local sands; Randy Davidson, atty, pres of Davidson, Jones & Summers, reviewing post-production legal issues primarily; and Terry Retzloff, pres of NARO-TX, discussing future challenges facing royalty owners.  In addition, Jerry Simmons, Exec Dir of national NARO, will give an update on industry issues that are of current concern and efforts to address them.  Registration includes a full breakfast and lunch.  It's a really great line-up!  Well worth attending.  Hope to see everyone there.

Comment by Skip Peel - Independent Landman on February 26, 2014 at 22:16

Keith, has that list of speakers materialized?  It's been a week.

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