September 2010 Blog Posts (14)

300+ Bradford County Reclamation Seminar

Saturday night I was the key note speaker at the 4th Annual Bradford County Trophy Deer & Bear Club banquet. I gave a seminar to 315+ on reclaiming Marcellus developments for white-tailed deer and other wildlfie. The crowd was great and I was impresed with the leadership of the club. I've received emails and phone calls with nothing but positive comments on whitetails and Marcellus! One great comment and trail camera photo of a nice buck from one of the club's founders, Roger Kingsley,…


Added by Jason R. Snavely on September 30, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

5% commission to negotiate your leases

I am an oil and gas lawyer with over 30 years experience and I own an oil and gas brokerage company with 9 other lawyers and 30 landmen working for me. We have been in the Haynesville shale for the past 5 years. I can only urge you to consult your family lawyer or the lawyer of your choice to help you negotiate a fair oil and gas lease for you. Do not pay someone 5% of your bonus. That is highway robbery and it is nothing I have ever seen in the old oil and gas states where my 30 plus years in… Continue

Added by Michael Mclaughlin on September 30, 2010 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

5% Becoming the Norm??

I am seeing a disturbing trend of 5% becoming the norm for negotiation fees. Beyond lost income, I do see disadvantages with paying someone a % of your bonus and/or royalties to negotiate your lease for you. One, they aren't doing anything that you can't do with a good attorney reviewing lease language. Two, if the gas companies want your land, they’re going to find you. Three, there is an inherent conflict of interest virtually on the same level as the landowner and the drilling company.… Continue

Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on September 29, 2010 at 4:30am — 37 Comments

Vanity Fair Takes Position on "Fracking"

What next...Rolling Stone jumps in with their opinions?

Link to Vanity Fair article...

Added by grayhairedgrandpa on September 28, 2010 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Finally, video showing the reality of gas drilling in PA

Watch the different residents talk about how their lives have been improved by gas drilling. THIS is the reality that I have seen from drilling in PA. Now you can see it too.

Added by Robin Fehrenbach Scala on September 27, 2010 at 1:46am — No Comments

Anyone receive letter with intent to run test blast holes sonic testing ?

What is going rate ? They want to pay $5 / acre to access and run sonic test

Added by Mike Herceg on September 21, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Marcellus Reclamation Video Clips on PCN Web Site

Video clips from our Marcellus reclamation field day in Evans City, PA are on Part one has myself on with a few others discussing accelerated reclamation efforts for wildlife habitat. Approximately 200 people toured my client's farm and well site while they asked questions regarding all aspects of the Marcellus play. The event was sponsored by Phillips Companies and organized by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The event was a huge success and… Continue

Added by Jason R. Snavely on September 20, 2010 at 9:35am — 2 Comments

Belmont county Ohio

has anyone received offers for mineral rights in belmont county?

Added by Connie Bielanski on September 18, 2010 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

An environmental advocate explains the status of drilling in NY State

Whether you agree with Katherine Nadeau of the Environmental Advocates of NY or not, she makes a good point that the debate over drilling in NY is frequently framed as a conflict between dirt poor farmers who want to drill and environmental extremists who hotly oppose development. The true situation is neither black or white, but rather falls within the shades of gray between these two polar extremes. In this… Continue

Added by Tom Copley on September 18, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Free Water Quality Manual for Private Well Owners - Water Quality - What do the Numbers Mean

Wilkes University just recently created and released a new free publication titled "Water Quality - Your Private Well What Do the Results Mean?" The publication is written by three professional geologist from Wilkes University.

The goal of the document is to "help citizens interpret the results of a recent baseline water quality analysis of your drinking water. The document provides general information explaining the drinking water regulations…


Added by Brian Oram, PG on September 18, 2010 at 7:21am — No Comments

Baseline Testing Natural Gas Development for Harveys Lake Region Luzerne County Pennsylvania

The professional geologists at B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc. is working with the Harveys Lake Environmental Council and Kirby Health Center to offer affordable baseline testing to the residents of Harveys Lake, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The professional geologist at B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc. provided specific recommendations on baseline water quality testing that was specific to the background geology, land-use, and regional water quality for the Harveys…


Added by Brian Oram, PG on September 18, 2010 at 7:19am — No Comments

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