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Oil and Gas Books Every Land Professional Should Read in 2016

Posted on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

In the oil and gas industry, new innovations and technological breakthroughs are constantly changing the way business is conducted. Landmen are charged with the responsibility of understanding tried-and-true methods of oil and gas extraction along with the additional burden of following trends and learning brand-new methods – such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

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What is a Land Management System and Does Your Team Need One?

Posted on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

In the Modern Age, technological improvements to land management systems (LMS) have taken huge strides toward simplifying, streamlining, and bringing the oil and gas industry up-to-date in today’s data-driven environment.

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The Importance of a Chain of Title

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

A chain of title is a document that traces the history of a property’s transfers – it runs from the current owner back to the original owner of the property. For any dispute of property ownership, or other situations requiring documentation of property ownership, a chain of title may need to be created to establish the history of the property in question.

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What Do Grantor/Grantee Records Mean for the Oil and Gas Industries?

Posted on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

To consider what grantor and grantee records mean for oil and gas companies, it is important to first understand the differences between them. A grantor is essentially the party “giving” a property. The grantee, on the other hand, is the party receiving the property. Typically, the grantor in oil and gas industry ventures is the owner of a resource deposit and the land it occupies. The grantee is the gas or oil company that wishes to explore and develop the land.

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Surviving a Downturn with Strong Relationships in the Oil and Gas Industries

Posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Uncertainty is no stranger to the oil and gas industries, especially in recent years as international tensions have disrupted supply chains, the public has become increasingly aware and vocal about the environmental impact of drilling operations, and as the economic downturn has caused oil and gas prices to fluctuate dramatically. In the wake of these recent changes, intensified regulatory pressures, and vastly increased public scrutiny following events such as the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, oil and gas companies are making big changes to accommodate the varying landscapes of their industries.

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The Best Places to Keep Up with Oil and Gas News

Posted on Wed, Mar 09, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The oil and gas industries have changed significantly due to the economic downturn of 2008 and will continue to do so. Thanks to OPEC’s new approach to supply and demand, oil prices have dropped considerably – good news for the average consumer, but leading to downsizing and closure for many oil and gas companies. Additionally, companies that remain open are streamlining and collaborating more, as well as cutting costs in a variety of areas. Keeping up with all these changes can be difficult. That's why we have outlined a few of the best places to obtain trustworthy news concerning the industry that can help you learn how to manage your company, cut costs, and keep your employees working during this slow economic period.

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Cost-Cutting Tips for Oil and Gas Brokers

Posted on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Although the American economy continues to recover slowly, the downturn of 2008 is still having an impact on many industries. The oil and gas industries are perhaps two of the hardest hit, and many employers are eager to learn how to save money and jobs in their land management companies. Fortunately, several ways exist to do both, and most are fairly easy to implement.

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Tips for Writing an Oil and Gas Resume

Posted on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The recent downturn in the oil and gas industry has made the competiveness of resumes even more challenging as employers in these fields seek more-experienced workers to fill more-versatile roles. If you have not yet written your oil and gas resume or need to update your existing resume, be sure you have the knowledge you need to make yours stand out.

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Oil and Gas Graduates: Tips for Finding Work in a Downturn

Posted on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The downturn in the gas and oil industry has created many challenges for recent graduates who are searching for work in these fields. Although the outlook may look bleak for graduates, understanding the current environment and knowing some tips on how to find similar work can help these jobseekers land a job.

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Self-Employment 101: Tax Return Tips for Landmen

Posted on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

With every new year comes a new tax season, sending chills up independent contractor's spines across the US. Unlike most people who enjoy a refund this time of year, landmen can usually expect to be emptying their bank accounts and forking over thousands in taxes. Thankfully, there are plenty of write-offs to help offset tax expenses. Unfortunately, however, these write-offs can sometimes lead to an audit.

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