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Landowner Rights in Conflict – The Issue of Forced Pooling

Forced pooling has been a hot courtroom issue of late in oil and gas producing regions. At issue is the balance between efficient retrieval of minerals and individual property rights. Since pooling is governed at the state level, there are ...
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Your Guide to a Successful Summer NAPE (2019)

The CourthouseDirect.com team will be a the North American Prospect Expo (NAPE) August 21 - 22, 2019 in Houston, TX, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
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What Challenges Do Landmen Face on the Job?

Landmen in the oil and gas industry are those individuals who work as title abstractors, as well as in land acquisition and asset management, and research. In short, a landman is a researcher and negotiator. They analyze tremendous amounts ...
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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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