The Good Side of the Oil Business

This is not to imply that there is a bad side of the oil business as many people would insist.  This is merely to talk about the good side or a couple of good sides that I have seen in my 40 years of chasing, catching and producing oil. We don’t take anything from...

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, here in the good old USA, we honor and salute those who died while serving in the US Military. It originated as Decoration Day to salute those who died during the Civil War and, of course, included both Union and Confederate troops, because both sides...

Landman/Notary Conflict

Is it proper for the field landman to act as a notary and notarize a lease (after he has just negotiated the terms, drafted the document and had the lessor sign the lease)? Assuming, of course, it is being taken for a third party and the landman is not a party to the...

Curative by Affidavit: Beware

In spite of all kinds of modernization (from manual Royal typewriter with carbon paper to magic laptops that kick out leases and online title searches) some things haven’t changed when we set out to cure title. Let’s play a quick word game. Say the first word that...