Our next BCLG meeting is going to be Thursday October 28, 2010 at the Snowmobile
Club in Washington Twp.
a.. At 6pm will be an informational meeting to describe BCLG, answer
questions and to provide updates on the group. This portion of the meeting
is open to anyone in Cherry, Clay, Concord, Marion, Venango and Washington
Twps. of Butler County.
b.. At 8pm will be a planning meeting open ONLY for those under agreement
with BCLG. We will be discussing the findings of our group survey as well
as the strategies to move forward in our collective marketing and
negotiating process. Our attorney, Andrea Parenti will be present so we can
discuss the lease parameters that we wish to negotiate into the lease.
One thought: Some landowners have asked me if they should accept an offer
from a gas company now? They are out there lowballing landowners. It is
always up to the individual to decide whether to sign or not and we will
never pressure anyone in to signing or not signing, but my feelings and what
has happened historically in other areas is that the numbers do go up! The
gas companies are not going to walk away, in fact as time goes on more will
come in creating a competitive environment. I plan on waiting and working
collectively with the other landowners in this group to get more of my fair
share but also to have the power to include protective addendums so MY land,
YOUR land and OUR community are protected!
Hope to see you on the 28th!
Great Questions & Comments--
We are extremely busy with our O&G work, including assisting those who signed leases without qualified advice. It sounds like all three of you have a good handle on the situation and have a quality group of landowners. We have no intention of trying to break that up if that is what you are trying to imply. We are also not holding landowner meetings for those who are already committed to a group. As a matter of fact, I have tunred down representation and admission into some of our groups becuase they already are participating in other groups.
I am scheduled to speak at several continuing legal education classes for other attorneys and professionals regarding the issues of mineral rights, water and land preservation, and air quality, so I am extremely confident we an assist others who have questions on these and other issues.
Should you want to know more about us you can call us anytime and we can discuss further. You should not feet like we are antagonistic with any of you.
You "turned down representation and admission into some of [your] groups" because they were contractually obligated to (read: participating in) another group? To be clear Mr. ShaleAdvice; you're disingenuous, evasive answers, waft of new age ambulance chasing. My opinion.
I do like your approach shot of mass marketing. You're aspirations of forming a group of uninformed landowners, that are slitting their own necks with the contract/marketing agreement you will have them sign, will likely come to fruition as a result of this blanket marketing. Law of averages right?
At your informative meetings you should suggest that the best thing a landowner can do is: talk to their neighbors, both signed and unsigned, determine their best company for production, get an informed Oil and Gas Attorney (of course this is more difficult now that every attorney purports to be and about 1 in 100 are, and as you continue to 'educate', I'm sure this ratio will grow), make sure this O&G lawyer doesn't take a % of your Bonus or Royalty, hammer out a Lease/Addendum that makes SENSE to the individual landowner (every property has different uses, my 15 acres isn't going to need the Limestone Mining provision of my neighbors 150 acres does), then sign a lease at financial terms that are acceptable. Would you disagree Mr. ShaleAdvice lawyer?
My buddy Matt asked you to disclose "how you charge people for representation", I think you missed responding to this...oversight I'm sure.