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AAPL Institutes bring in industry experts and leaders to discuss industry trends, forecasts and educational topics relevant to that region.  Attendees will enjoy these information packed sessions and will be able to gather a broad range of information while increasing their industry knowledge and networking with their peers.  For those who are unable to attend onsite, there is a Live Webinar option available that allows attendees to log in from their computer and attend the seminar virtually. 

·         Earn RL/RPL/CPL Credits

·         Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included

·         Network with Industry Professionals

·         Hear from Industry Experts

·         Live Webinar Option Available


ONSITE PRICE: $325 for members, $450 for non-members

WEBINAR PRICE: $275 per person for members, $400 per person for non-members

Webinar registration is PER PERSON.  Sharing login credentials is not allowed and credits will not be given to anyone who has not purchase the webinar. 

 For more information please visist:


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BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Jindal signed SB 469 by Sen. Bret Allain, legislation that will help continue coastal restoration work and stop unnecessary, frivolous lawsuits. The bill is part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package.

For more on this story click here.

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AAPL's 2014 Gulf Coast Land Institute will be held this year in Baton Rouge, LA on October 23 - 24, 2014. This popular event consists of one-and-a-half days of excellent and topical presentations plus networking social reception on Thursday evening from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Click here for more details!


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Halcón Resources will devote around $95 million in 2014 to drill 10 to 12 wells in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale with confidence that it can overcome drilling issues that have hampered production from some competitors’ early wells, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Floyd C. Wilson said Thursday.

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Would you like to advertise on  For only $75 per year, we can put your business card image or logo on our website.  If your interested please call or email Travis Arceneaux at 225.936.0714 or for more info!  You can also send an email to BRAPL  at
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Goodrich Petroleum said Wednesday it plans to spend $300 million to drill 32 wells in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in 2014, with roughly $34 million to $45 million of that coming in the first three months of the year.

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AAPL's 2013 Gulf Coast Land Institute will be held this year in New Orleans, LA, on October 24 - 25, 2013. This popular event consists of one-and-a-half days of excellent and topical presentations plus networking social reception on Thursday evening from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Click Here for more information.

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Goodrich Petroleum Corp.’s Encana Anderson 17-2 well has set a record in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, averaging the equivalent of 1,540 barrels of oil in a 24-hour period.


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Goodrich Petroleum Corp. has acquired a major stake in 277,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, with plans to step up drilling activity in the area.

Goodrich acquired Devon Energy Corp.’s two-thirds share of the 277,000 leased acres in the Tuscaloosa for $26.7 million. The deal lifts Houston-based Goodrich’s holdings to 320,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa and makes the company the largest player in the formation.

Goodrich President and Chief Operating Office Robert Turnham Jr. said Tuesday that the company will spend $50 million this year drilling wells in the Tuscaloosa, but plans to kick up its activity on the newly acquired acreage.


To read the complete article on The Advocate website, click  here

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Hello fellow Landmen!
Just a few announcements/updates/reminders for you all.
  • First off, we are happy to announce our new Board of Directors for 2013-2014 is as follows:
Dion Warr, President
Paul Provenza, Vice-President
Hypatia LaCour, Secretary
Pam Arceneaux, Treasurer
Thomas Landry
Travis Arceneaux
Brett Bajon
Ayn Erickson
Eddie Hughes
Also, our committee chairmen are as follows:
Charity Committee -- Ayn Erickson
Education Committee -- Brett Bajon
Golf Tournament Committee -- Bill Smith
BRAPL at the Box Committee -- Travis Arceneaux
Membership Committee -- Jennifer Tassin
Social Committee -- Terri Stuart
Legislative Committee -- Eddie Hughes
Web Committee -- Travis Arceneaux
  • Secondly, we have a change to the Golf Tournament date, which will be moved UP ONE WEEK to THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th and will still be held at the Bluffs.  We are also aiming to have the Education Event that Friday the 13th as well.  More information will soon be available on our website.
  • Thirdly, we are pleased to announce the inaugural Red Stick Symposium is set for August 21st-23rd at the brand new L'Auberge Resort & Casino here in Baton Rouge.  All of our speakers and topics have been set and some of you may have already seen the flyer.  (Check it out on our FaceBook page.)  Be on the lookout soon for registration forms and information about sponsorships and all other details.
  • And lastly, we need to remind everyone that Membership renewals are due by July 31st and the $35.00 fee can paid online via PayPal on our website, or they can be sent by mail to our Membership Committee Chair, Jennifer Tassin at the following address:
P. O. Box 82856
Baton Rouge, LA 70884
We thank all of you for all you do for our organization, our industry, and our community.  Looking forward to seeing all of you at the next Member Meeting on August 15th.  Until then, enjoy your summer and take care!
BRAPL Board of Directors
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Officer Forum


Either you are … or you aren’t …


By Owen M. “Monty” Barnhill, CPL

AAPL 2nd Vice President




What do I mean by the title of this article? It’s simple: Either you, as a landman, are a recognized professional landman or you are not — period!


The American Association of Professional Landmen is the only national land-oriented organization whose mission is to promote the highest standards of performance thereby encouraging sound stewardship of energy, land and mineral resources through professional development and services to its members and thereby advancing and enforcing our guiding principles and ideals mandated via our public trust. In other words, AAPL is the only organization that can recognize landmen as professional landmen.


The standards governing the actions of AAPL members go beyond ordinary trading — they impose a grave social responsibility and duty to which each AAPL member must dedicate himself or herself. AAPL members must adhere to the principles and guidelines as established by, through and under AAPL’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. AAPL member land professionals are recognized as to competency, fairness, integrity and moral conduct.


Verification of AAPL’s standing in the oil and gas industry as the pre-eminent land-based organization is further verified by the fact that AAPL is regularly called upon to provide background on energy issues to the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, special government committees, state/province governing bodies throughout the United States and other various federal agencies as well as assorted mineral law foundations. AAPL is a governing member of numerous law foundations (i.e., Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, the LSU Mineral Law Foundation). No other land-related organization holds such recognized status.


In addition, AAPL is the only recognized international/national professional association of landmen. AAPL has the duty, right and obligation, via our mission statement, to classify landmen as professionals. What does this mean? A landman can only be recognized as a professional landman by, through and under membership in AAPL. Simply referring to one’s self as a professional landman is self-anointing, self-serving and misleading. By virtue of our membership in AAPL, our members can, without reservation, refer to themselves as professional landmen. Those individuals who lack the credentials, commitment and sense of worth to join AAPL exhibit — in my opinion — a basic lack of commitment to the energy/land discipline as well as to our industry as a whole.


As members of AAPL, we have the inherent obligation to promote the highest degree of professionalism possible within our discipline, and that requires that individuals who practice landwork meet certain standards of professionalism: education, continuing education, testing, adhering to a code of ethics and supporting a modem of enforcement of the code of ethics. This can only be done by, through and under AAPL by AAPL members. As a part of AAPL’s public trust, it is our duty to ensure maximization of membership.


Since its inception, AAPL has made a concerted effort to attract and maintain qualified members. Those of you reading this article are, for the most part, members — there are approximately 16,000 of us. However, the thought process behind this article is that AAPL members will use it to recruit additional qualified members to AAPL.


So, how about those individuals practicing landwork who are not AAPL members? They should be, but history has shown us that, in some endeavors, noncompliant individuals need some encouragement. Our industry is comprised of numerous entities that require parties (employees, independent contractors, etc.) with whom they associate to be members of AAPL. All entities should adopt this approach. Those of you who require the services of independent contractors (brokers, subbrokers, etc.) owe it to yourself, your company, your clients, our energy/land discipline and our industry to require that these individuals be active members of AAPL in good standing. As to your employees, entities within our discipline and industry have numerous policies in place regarding who they hire/employee; hence, simply mandate that land individuals you employee be AAPL members, in good standing. If people want to work, they will comply and through their membership will be better for it as will our discipline and industry.


When in contact with a non-AAPL member practicing landwork and you inquire as to why he/she is not an AAPL member, you probably get the standard excuses:


·      “AAPL has nothing to offer me as benefits” (which indicates an ignorance of what AAPL offers); or,

·      AAPL “just is not for me” (which is another way of saying they don’t have the self-worth or professional conviction to contribute to an organization that has supported the discipline that earns them a living).


Discuss with and educate these individuals as to some of the advantages of AAPL membership:


·      It is cost effective — only $100 per year. Think of it this way: A soda costs $1.29 (lasts about an hour), so if you have one soda a day for a year, you have spent $470.85. If you have one large candy bar a day (lasts about two to three minutes) for a year at a cost of $0.85 each, you have spent $310.25. For those who have an alcoholic beverage (lasts about 45 minutes) at a restaurant twice a month at an average cost of $12 a drink, you have just spent $288. If you have one good cigar (lasts about one to one-and-a-half hours) once a week at a cost of approximately $18 to $25 per cigar, you have just spent $1,118.


·      AAPL is the only recognized national professional association of landmen.


·      Our members recognize and embrace an industry standard code of ethics and industry recognized standards of practice. Our professionalism in connection with this mandate is universally recognized in each and every discipline within the oil and gas industry.


·      The oil and gas industry recognizes that an AAPL member has as his/her mandated mission statement to provide, without exception, a level of competent service in keeping with our standards of practice in fields of endeavor that a land professional customarily engages. This is not recognized just by our fellow members but by others within our industry, including geologists, geophysicists, attorneys, independent operators and, hopefully, the general public.


·      As to acknowledgment of our professionalism among the general public, I would point to the tremendous effects and accomplishments of AAPL’s Marketing Committee, which in its short history has taken dramatic measures to confront, inform and communicate with the general public as to the differentiation between an AAPL member professional landman versus a non-AAPL member individual with no professional affiliation calling himself or herself a landman. This committee is involved in everything ranging from our new Membership Mark to billboard advertising to AAPL representatives being interviewed by the media regarding AAPL’s position on current industry issues, all of which are specific as to the difference in goals, methodology, actions, accountability and bearing of an AAPL member professional landman versus someone simply calling himself or herself a landman — and there is a huge difference.


·      AAPL publishes nationally acclaimed magazines (you are reading one right now) — The Landman as well as the Landman 2. AAPL publishes a comprehensive directory (both printed and electronic) and educational textbooks as well as provides numerous other advantages of membership as related via our website.


·      On behalf of not only landman but the industry as a whole, AAPL has led efforts to protect landmen’s right to practice landwork — efforts that not only protected AAPL members, but ALL landman, — including the independent contractor issues relating to landmen in addition to concerted steps to protect landmen rights as to tax issues.


·      AAPL offers approximately 80 continuing educational events each year. Continuing education makes for even better landmen, which improves our discipline, protects the general public and adds to the strength and viability of our industry. Our education events range from specific field landmen events to the professional standards events for RPLs and CPLs in the format of institutes, seminars, home study courses, online courses and live webcasting. So the excuse that someone “doesn’t have the time” (which is different from “I won’t allot the time”) is neutralized.


·      NAPE — world class without exception and ever expanding with time.


·      Through AAPL membership, our members have the opportunity to utilize numerous cost-effective insurance packages/policies.


·      Along with NAPE, AAPL’s Annual Meeting and Conference provides a wonderful opportunity to socialize, network and take advantage of additional educational opportunities.


·      Forms issued by AAPL (Model Form 610 JOA, Land Services Contract, etc.) are readily available and accepted throughout our industry.


In just the past 12 years, our membership increased approximately 220 percent.   Obviously our strength is in our membership and has been for almost 60 years. In fact, AAPL is recognizing in The Landman those companies that employ and/or contract specifically and only with AAPL members. If your company falls into this category (I stipulated ways to accomplish this in a previous paragraph) — as should all companies — please advise AAPL so that your well-deserved recognition can be published.


AAPL has concerted efforts to not only maintain our current members, but also — for the betterment of all landman, our discipline and our industry — continue to enhance and increase our membership. This can be accomplished primarily through two modems:


1.    Our current members requiring that those within our discipline with whom they work or come into contact are members of AAPL.


2.    The general public is made aware of the stark differentiation of an AAPL member professional landman versus others who simply call themselves landmen. The general public deserves to be the beneficiary of AAPL’s public trust.


I want to thank each AAPL member for his/her membership in AAPL. Through your membership, and endorsement of all that such membership represents to include signifying your recognition as to the importance of professionalism, you are making a very positive contribution to a strong energy/land management discipline and thereby contributing to strengthen our oil gas industry, which is a vital ingredient to maintaining a strong national defense.





Monty Barnhill Article
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The top discussions for the week of February 18th, 2013


  Is Encana pulling out of the TMS?



Encana moving back into Haynesville





  3D Seismic on stateline


  Access road


  East Texas Cotton Valley Hits


  Are decline rates encouraging or discouraging in the TMS?


  Curious about Anadarko in Elm Grove Field


  MCF to Millions


  Mineral rights under Parish roadbeds?




  Goodrich Dean 1H&2H - Digging Up The Past


  SN 244138, S23-T9N-R13W


  Oil and Gas News - February 17, 2013 -


  Evangeline parish leasing ?


  What is a Servitude?


  Proposed Devon Drilling Unit Mooringsport Zone Reservoir, Sand Unit




  My Response to FrackNation: Ball's in your court Gasland

Visit Go Haynesville Shale: Leasing, Drilling and Mineral Rights at:

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2013 LOGA Annual Meeting
March 11th - 13th, 2013
L'auberge du lac Casino Resort
Lake Charles, LA

Eventbrite - 2013 LOGA Annual Meeting

Tuesday Keynote Speaker: Sherman Joyce
President, American Tort Reform Association

Sherman Joyce is President of the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), a national coalition of more than 300 nonprofit organizations, professional societies, trade associations and corporations working through in-state coalitions to bring fairness and efficiency to the civil justice system. As President of ATRA, Mr. Joyce is the Association's Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Joyce assumed his current position in 1994. 

Find out more about Sherman Joyce by clicking here.

Tuesday Breakfast Speaker: Grover G. Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Grover Norquist has been one of Washington’s most effective issues management strategists for over a decade. He is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals, and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases.  Mr. Norquist is author of Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future, as well as Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives.  He has also served as a monthly political columnist and contributing editor to The American Spectator.  

Find out more about Grover Norquist by clicking here.

Tuesday Mid-Morning Speaker: Ron Curry
Administrator, EPA Region 6

Ron has more than 36 years of management experience in local, state, and federal government, as well as the private sector. Most recently, Ron worked with the University of New Mexico on the development of their Energy/Water/Environment Nexus Studies program. Prior to that, Ron spent eight years serving in former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s administration as cabinet secretary of the Environment Department. Ron has over 20 years of experience in private business including 10 years owning a small business franchise started with his father. Ron’s interest in the environment grew during his manufacturing career while marketing products to the South Coast Air Quality District in California. 

Find out more about Ron Curry by clicking here.

Register online today for the 2013 LOGA Annual Meeting, being held March 11th - 13th at L'auberge du lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, LA. Join over 400 industry executives for LOGA's annual membership meeting and plan to be briefed on current industry issues facing your business while networking with colleagues in a relaxed environment. Every year offers up opportunities and memories that last a lifetime, make sure you & your company are a part of it by registering today.  A limited number of one-day Tuesday meetings only passes are available. 

Annual Meeting Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please contact LOGA Director of Marketing Ben Broussard to secure at (337) 278-6240 or by clicking here.

Come Early Monday - Play Golf or Tennis!

Annual Meeting Golf Tournament
Monday March 11th
Gray Plantation Golf Course
10:00am Tee Time

Food & beverages provided by First Response Environmental Group.  You can register as an individual or as a 4-man team by clicking here.

Annual Meeting Tennis Tournament
Monday March 11th
Lake Charles Racquet Club
1:30pm Start Time

Round Robin Style - Food & beverages included.  Register by clicking here.


2013 Annual Meeting Sponsors

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Monday Evening Welcome Reception

Tuesday Morning Breakfast







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Bronze Sponsors

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2013 Annual Meeting Agenda

Monday March 11th
  10:00am - Golf Tournament Gray Plantation (Off site)
  12:00pm - 4:00pm Exhibitor Setup  
  1:30pm - 4:00pm Tennis Tournament  Lake Charles Racquet Club (Off site)
  4:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Opens  
  5:00pm Silent Auction Opens  
  5:00pm - 7:00pm Welcome Reception  
Tuesday March 12th
  7:00am - 4:00pm Registration Open  
  7:45am - 9:30am Breakfast Session Grover Glenn Norquist President and Founder of Americans for Tax Reform
  9:30am - 9:45am Break  
  9:45am - 11:50am Mid Morning Session Ron Curry, EPA Region 6 Administrator
      CEO Round Table
      Charles Goodson,  Chairman, CEO, President PetroQuest
      David Welch,  Chairman, CEO, President Stone Energy
      Thomas Cooke,  Chairman, CEO, Founder Saratoga Resources, Inc.
      Mike Moncla,  Owner and CEO, Moncla Marine
  11:50am - 12:00pm Break  
  12:00pm - 1:20pm Lunch & Keynote Speaker Sherman Joyce President of the American Tort Reform Association
  1:20pm - 1:35pm Break  
  1:35pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Session State Agency Panel
      Tim BarfieldSec. Dept of Revenue 
      Robert BarhamSec. Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries 
      Buddy CaldwellAttorney General 
      Peggy HatchSec. Dept of Environmental Quality 
      Jim WelshCommissioner of Conservation
      Steven Chustz, Interim Sec. DNR
  3:00pm - 3:15pm Break  
  3:15pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions A. Legislative Session Panel Sen. Cortez, Sen. Morell, Speaker Pro Tempore Leger, Rep. S. Bishop, Rep. Robideaux
      B. Water Laws & State Issues Sen. Gerald Long, Lou Buatt Atty. Jones Walker
      C. Tax Committee  Daron Fredrickson, Chairman
  4:00pm - 4:30pm LOGPAC Membership Mtg.  
  4:00pm - 6:30pm Break  
  6:30pm - 7:00pm Evening Reception  
  7:00pm - until Dinner  
Wednesday March 13th
  7:30am - 10:30am Registration Open  
  8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast Session  
  9:30am Silent Auction Closes  
  9:30am - 12:00pm Board Meeting  


Copyright © 2013 LOGA, All rights reserved.
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Bill Mouton with LAPL will be speaking at:

Top 10 Title Defects - Cured. $339.00
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In preparation for this practical, nuts and bolts course, veteran title practitioners across the nation were asked what they consider the top defects they've had to resolve over the last few years. The responses were compiled and now experienced faculty is ready to take you through the list of problems most often encountered and increasingly litigated. They'll provide you with best practices for curing each one in an engaging presentation of real-life scenarios and examples. Collect years of experience in resolving defects in one full-day course. Register today!

  1. - Learn best practices for curing the most common defects that attorneys are encountering today, so you can ensure a clear title.
  2. - Prevent real estate transactions from falling through because of a break in the chain of title, legal description errors or unreleased secured loans.
  3. - Find out how experienced practitioners are curing access, easement and encroachment problems.
  4. - Obtain releases for judgment liens, mechanics' liens and other claimed interests attached to real property.
  5. - Discover how to resolve a defective mortgage foreclosure and how to release mortgages from lenders who don't exist anymore.
  6. - Confidently satisfy missed tax liens or redeem unpaid taxes bought by tax purchasers.
  7. - Don't let missing information in the title stall probate procedures upon the property owner's death.
  8. - Understand how to handle mortgage fraud and improper actions by closing agents.
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Who Should Attend

This intermediate level course provides practical information on the most often encountered defects for:

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Seismic tests used in hunt for oil

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Alfredo Ovalle, left, and Tomas Perez, foreground, who work for Tidelands Geophysical Co.of Plano, Texas, troubleshoot a seismic acquisition testing line outside Livingston Friday. Show caption

Crews are conducting seismic tests over a 100-square-mile area of Livingston Parish in search of oil and gas, an official with Strand Energy Co. confirmed Friday.

The work is aimed at locating possible “deeper” deposits, said Scott Airey, a vice president of the Houston firm.

For the most part, the work is separate from the Tuscaloosa Trend, he said.

Airey declined to give more detailed information about the mineral prospects.

People doing the exploration think there is a large, deep pocket of natural gas in the area, said Bobby Font, who signed an agreement with the company before leaving office as mayor of Walker earlier this month.

“That’s exactly what we’ve heard,” Parish President Layton Ricks said of the exploration. “It could be interesting.

“There’s no drilling lined up yet, but I think it’s coming,” he said.

Rick Ramsey, Walker’s new mayor, said he has received information unofficially that the company involved is looking at the possibility of deep pockets of oil and gas.

“We’re hoping it will be where the city’s park lands are,” he said. “A new revenue stream for the city would be nice.”

Most of the area where seismic work is being done is south of U.S. 190, said Donnelle Brasseaux of Pinnacle Leasing LLC, a Lafayette firm working with Strand.

Brasseaux described the seismic project as “massive,” and said it covers about 70,000 acres.

The exploration area, shaped roughly like a boot, includes the land between Walker Road South and La. 63, and juts east to Tickfaw State Park, Brasseaux said.

Only 173 acres of the project are in Walker, according to the permit filed with that city.

A letter sent by Pinnacle to one of the landowners says the municipalities of French Settlement and Port Vincent also have given permits for the seismic work to be conducted on their lands.

The letter to the landowner seeks the right “to image minerals” under the owner’s land.

Strand is using 3-D seismic work to help identify potential geologic targets, Airey said.

That is one of the tools that help the private Houston exploration and production firm to identify risks prior to drilling a well, he said.

The geological information created by the seismic operations is transmitted to receiving equipment on a truck, Brasseaux said.

Noise and ground vibrations from the seismic work have resulted in calls from the public in the past few days, according to a news release from the Walker Police Department.

The noise didn’t bring much attention in rural areas, but did so when work began in the Walker area, said Mark Harrell, head of the Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.

The seismic crew has been providing his office with information each morning on where it will test that day, he said.

Ground vibrations from the work haven’t caused any significant problems so far, Harrell said.

Work will be continuing for a few more days, Brasseaux said.

In the rural areas, “the hunters will celebrate when we finish,” she said.


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Some of you may have already seen a commercial for this movie that is about to hit theatres.  I just saw it for the first time last night.

First off, I am not a journalist or movie reviewer by any means...

I'm not exactly conviced that this casts a 'positive' light on our industry.  Although I didn't see Michael Moore at the helm, it does seem to have a "Gas-Land" vibe, but with less of a 'docu-drama' feel and more of a Hollywood production.

Matt Damon's character is a Landman, acquiring Oil & Gas Leases for a company in 'Small Town, USA'.  

I saw a few flashes of "Fracking" fliers, brochures and posters, and the trailer leads one to believe that this small community has some resistance to say the least.

Of course Hollywood seems to have worked in a story of romance between Damon's character and a local school teacher he encouters at a bar, there seems no doubt that this film is focused around the controversy of Natural Gas E&P companies in our country and domestic energy resources.

The story is likely to give us a happy ending, but that 'happiness' might be more focused around the romance of Damon's character and the small town school teacher and less around the success of the economic potential that our industry can bring to a community.

I hate to sound pessimistic about the movie, but since I'm already not a big fan of Matt Damon's acting, I believe I will be watching this movie with some reservation.

Here is a link to the Official Trailer:


Thanks for reading.


~Duston Erwin

Landman & Notary Public



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From the President's Desk
Don Briggs, LOGA President


Not Just Any Supreme Court Race

The presidential elections have come and gone. The hype of the 24-hour media coverage is all but dying down. However, another election is still undecided. On December 8th, the residents of Louisiana Supreme Court District 5 will head to the polls for the run-off election between Democratic Circuit Judge John Michael Guidry and Republican Circuit Judge Jeff Hughes. District 5 covers the parishes of East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, Ascension, Iberville and Pointe Coupee Parishes; however, the statewide implications of this race are much greater.

What are the greater implications of this race? The Judicial branch can largely influence the future of our state through social needs as well as legal and business concerns. Will we be pro-business and have a healthy legal climate for companies to conduct business, or will we continue down the same path of ranking at the bottom of too many national polls?

Presently, Louisiana’s legal climate, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is among the absolute worst in the United States. Louisiana is ranked 49th for our lawsuit climate, judges competency, judges impartiality, and juries fairness. Yes, that is correct, 49th out of 50 states. So when we look at this Supreme Court race, we have to ask ourselves which candidate once elected will help reverse these alarming numbers?

The Economic Judicial Report, prepared by the Judicial Evaluation Institute of Washington D.C. ranked Judge Jeff Hughes at 29% regarding his ability to restrain liabilities within our state. Liabilities are the chief concerns of the business and legal communities when deciding on a Supreme Court justice. Judge Guidry scored 58% on this same reporting scale.

It is also fair to note that Judge Jeff Hughes is supported by a small group of trial lawyers that have created a cottage industry called legacy lawsuits. According to a report compiled for the Louisiana Legislature by the Department of Natural Resources in February 2012, of these 271 legacy suits brought against the oil and gas industry, Louisiana Office of Conservation has not received environmental data for 210 or 78% of these cases. These stats indicate that the cases are merely filed to extort the finances of the oil and gas industry. Insurance companies are telling Louisiana oil and gas producers that they will no longer cover their companies due to legacy suits being filed in the state. This is but one example of how Louisiana’s legal climate and Judge Hughes supporters have shown anti-business and pro-extortion tendencies.

Another interesting point to note is that Governor Bobby Jindal, after not supporting any candidate in the general election, has now backed Judge Hughes. During the past legislative session, the business community fought hard to find some resolution on the legacy lawsuit issue. On May 15th, Governor Jindal announced a compromise that would end the long battle between landowners and the oil and gas industry. Therefore, it is surprising to see the Governor endorse a candidate that is backed, again, by the very specific group of anti-business trial lawyers that fought so hard against the oil and gas industry on the legacy matter.

Again, this is not about simply endorsing or electing a judge. This is about looking at the broader picture of who these candidates are at their cores and who supports them during the election season. If Louisiana is to remain relevant in the business world on a national and international level, the business environment and the legal climate must improve. Supreme Court Justices must be elected that will be against junk litigation and make decisions that do not feed special interest groups. This December 8th election is not simply an election we should sleep through. The ramifications are deep and wide concerning the future success of our state.







Created by: Duston Erwin at 10/18/2012 10:11:23 AM | 0 comments. | 1628 views.

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Legacy Lawsuit Legislation - LOGA Presents

In the first video of a special series, LOGA VP Gifford Briggs shares highlights of the Legacy Lawsuit Legislation passed in 2012, presented to the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  LOGA Presents is a new series of videos highlighting topics of presentations and speeches given by LOGA across Louisiana

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