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The Importance of Historical Data

Posted on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

When most people think of historical data, they think of old documents, such as property deeds, or historical documents they studied in school. These types of historical data are vital, but don’t represent the entirety of what you should be familiar with. Historical data is crucial to every industry, especially regarding oil and gas, which involve both real-estate and utility areas of business.

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Oil and Gas Disaster Planning: the Roadmap to Success

Posted on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Oil and gas companies have a social responsibility to keep their facilities safe, protecting the surrounding infrastructure and community. The volatile nature of the job makes the threat of disaster ever-present. Risk factors for disaster include the terrain and environment, as well as the specialized equipment each facility uses. In fact, the very nature of the product – hydrocarbons – presents its own risks. Regardless of cause, disasters can – and do – happen. Effective disaster planning strategies are essential for minimizing damage, to both the facility and the surrounding community. Learn how to best design a strategy for your facility’s unique needs.

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Why Should Landmen Get Certified?

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

As a landman, it’s your professional responsibility to be as knowledgeable about your craft as possible. Landowners rely on you to interpret their mineral deeds, identify legal problems, and develop appropriate solutions. Most property owners who hold mineral rights are not experts in local oil and gas laws. It’s a landman’s job to know these laws inside and out so he or she can offer trustworthy advice in the buying and selling of minerals. Certified landmen are a cut above ordinary, everyday landmen. Find out all the reasons you should start your journey toward certification.

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The History of the Railroad Commission of Texas

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

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is one of the oldest regulatory agencies in the country and the oldest in Texas. Established in 1891, the RRC has a long and interesting history overseeing the activities of several different industries, including oil and gas. Find out some of the intriguing things the RRC has accomplished in the last 125 years.

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The Benefits of Knowing Current Oil and Gas Lease Information

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Oil and gas leases can drastically effect how professionals handle a property. Landmen, for example, need to stay up to date on the latest oil and gas leases of a property to know how long the company has a right on the property. Leases may include provisions about drilling, pooling, and royalties. Landmen need this information to stay within their rights according to the laws of oil and gas lease agreements. The faster you obtain gas and oil lease information in the county you’re interested in, the easier it will be for you to make decisions about a property.

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Your Guide to a Successful NAPE Expo

Posted on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The success of the oil and gas industry relies on communication between professionals and thought leaders. The North American Prospect Expo (NAPE) provides the best setting for successful gatherings of decision makers and investors in the oil and gas field. The annual summer NAPE this year is in Houston, Texas. It runs for two days (August 10th and 11th) and is a highly anticipated event for professional landmen around the country. Here’s what you need to know to excel at NAPE this year.

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The Biggest Oil and Gas Fields in the United States

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The oil and gas industry has grown notorious for its booms and busts in the past few decades, but it is experiencing the largest downturn since the 1990s. This is due, in large part, to the record oil production rates around the globe and within the United States, which have increased considerably in recent years due to improved drilling technologies, hydraulic fracking, and tight oil plays in oil-rich states.

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Restructuring Your Company During a Downstream

Posted on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Crude oil prices have been stagnant at historic lows in recent months, with prices averaging around $45 a barrel. With the industry in the middle of a flux, upstream and downstream operations are considering financial restructuring to head off any ill effects. Restructuring downstream operations can be a tricky business, but when done effectively, it can save your company valuable resources.

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Security Issues Oil and Gas Businesses Face

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

In today’s technology driven world, cybersecurity is a term we hear with increasing frequency.  The possibility of a cyberattack threatens virtually every industry, and each in their unique ways. What kinds of threats affect oil and gas companies, and how can you handle them if they arise?

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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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