The Rule of Capture and Correlative Rights

Oil and Gas Law

The Rule of Capture states that if you have a well situated on your land, you acquire title to all of the oil or gas produced from it. Although part of that oil may have migrated from an adjoining tract, you would not need consent from the owner of that tract and would not incur any liability for […]

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The Appearance of Being a Hard Working Landman

Landman Jobs

If it doesn’t look like you’re working hard, then expect to get laid off soon. You may be very knowledgeable and may be the hardest worker on your team, but if you don’t look like you’re working hard and dedicated to the project, then nothing else matters. Unfortunately, this is the way it is. I’ve seen […]

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Intestate Descent and Distribution in Texas

Title Work

If you live in Texas and die and leave no will (intestate) then who gets your property? If you’ve spent any time in East Texas running title, you should be familiar with the laws of intestate descent and distribution in Texas. If you haven’t had to deal with this kind of title issue, the Texas […]

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What Does a Petroleum Landman Do?

Landman Life

What does a petroleum landman do? That question is not as easily answered as a person would think. The title of petroleum landman is used very broadly these days. For some people, the term covers everything from abstractors, to lease buyers, lease analysts, to data entry clerks. I even met one “landman”, back in 2006, […]

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Affidavit of Deadbeat

Landman Life

Interesting affidavit somebody found at the Howard County, Texas courthouse. Recorded as Instrument Number 2016-00009218. Transcription: “WHEREAS, Gary D. Campbell, Individually and as Co-Manager of West-Tex Red Wolf, LLC, West-Tex Development, LLC, and Red Wold, LLC (hereinafter called “Campbell“), on or about February 2, 2016, contracted with Steve Grimes (hereinafter called “Grimes“) by written, signed Employment […]

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Field Landman Hiring Practices – The New Normal

Landman Jobs

The chaotic nature of the U. S. oil and gas industry has reared its ugly head again. Field landmen have been let go in droves and the outlook in the near term doesn’t look like its going to get any better. All of the big players are wincing from the shale play economics and the […]

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The Basics of a Promoted Oil Deal

The Oil Business

Oil promoters are everywhere with oil prices hovering around $100 these days. I won’t get into the legality of oil guys selling working interest on the street (hint, it’s a security), because I’m not a lawyer, and that ain’t what I do.  I would suggest though, that if you want to sell some working interest […]

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