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What You Need to Know about Abstract of Title

The term Abstract of Title seems to cause confusion for many people, even those in property-based industries like real estate and minerals. Most people run across the term when purchasing a home, which is a rare even in someone’s lifetime ...
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A Visual Evolution of the American Landman

A landman is the connection between oil exploration and development companies and owners of mineral-rich land. Landmen make it possible for each to profit and prosper from the oil and gas underground.
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Current Workforce Trends in the Texas Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas exploration and production have been a Texas tradition since the Lucas #1 blew at Spindletop in 1901, forever moving Texas from its rural and agricultural roots into the industrial age. Ever since, Big Oil has made an impact on ...
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Everything You Need to Know About the Rule of Capture

In America, property is all. The ability to own property set Americans apart from the British landowning aristocracy that allowed peasants to stay on “their” property by working the fields or pastures and passing along the fruits of their ...
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The Impact of Co-tenancy Law in Oil and Gas Country

Mineral rights can be splintered into ever-smaller percentages, complicating life for lessors, lessees, and royalty owners. To make things more interesting, the laws of co-tenancy differ between states, and there have been several highly ...
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A Guide to Oil and Gas Lease Ratification

Oil and gas leases are complicated at best, and they can become more so over time. During a lease period, you may be asked to ratify a lease due to a change of some sort. What does that mean, exactly? That’s what we’re here to talk about ...
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AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Joint Operating Agreement – What You Should Know

The AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Joint Operating Agreement was released in response to technological and legal changes that have occurred since the form’s last update in 1989. It could take until 2020 for full adoption of the 2015 version ...
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What is the Pugh Clause and How Does it Affect Oil Leases?

If you aren’t careful, a Pugh Clause may be a tripwire for the unaware in an oil or gas lease contract. The Pugh Clause is named for a Louisiana attorney, Lawrence Pugh, who took on Shell Oil in 1947 on behalf of a lessor.
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Negotiating Oil and Gas Leases: How to Make the Deal

Negotiating oil and gas leases is like many other negotiation activities. Most landowners don't work with oil and gas leases very often while landmen are highly knowledgeable. However, this is a contract negotiation, and both sides must ...
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The Duhig Rule: Mineral Rights & Warranty Deeds

One of the more convoluted concepts in mineral rights and warranty deeds is the Duhig Rule. Named for the court case Duhig v. Peavey-Moore Lumber Company, the Duhig Rule was the outcome of a disagreement caused by one party either ...
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