Sunday, June 29, 2008

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Ending an outdated lease

Posted by Vidal on May 29, 2008 at 10:49pm

My land has been leased since 1978, and I'm assuming that it's paying 1978 market prices. Is there any way to update this lease to a reasonable market price or end it entirely? Thanks for the help.

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Reply by Vidal on May 30, 2008 at 5:55pm

I really appreciate the help. I'll have to look into finding a lawyer and answering some of these questions. Thanks again.

Reply by Greyshades on May 30, 2008 at 8:02pm

The older the lease, the fewer the bells and whistles, but look at the terms regarding depths and what gets held by production. Also, were there long periods when you or your family didn't receive any royalty payments? A lessee can't just sit on your land -- they have to drill, develop, produce minerals and pay royalties to keep the lease alive.

Reply by BJ on May 30, 2008 at 10:58pm

We have a situation similar to the OP. I just became an heir to acreage that has been leased since the 1960's. I just did a transfer of ownership and in the interim discovered that a new company is now handling the royalty payments. This is at least the 4th company this acreage has been leased to. I recall one company going bankrupt in the 1980's (I think).How do I obtain a copy of the lease? Does the company simply provide it upon request?

Reply by Greyshades on May 31, 2008 at 9:11am

You can go to the clerk of court for the parish where your land is located. The lease should be recorded there, along with any transfers of the lease from your original lessee to later operators. The personnel in the clerk's office can probably help you find the lease, if you give them the name of the lessor. However, the clerk's employees are generally not permitted to do fullblown index searches, so you will probably have to figure it out yourself or hire an

webster parish

Posted by stroud on June 8, 2008 at 2:01pm
any shale interest in the minden field in webster parish,,,16-19-08??????

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Reply by Mom on June 8, 2008 at 2:17pm

I would like to know this as well... I've heard so many rumors about minden, doyline, webster parish. Just don't know what to believe any more. I've heard a man in Minden had to deposit a lease check for $800,000.00.I've also heard that Chesapeake was looking around. I haven't seen it myself, though.Does anyone else know something?

Reply by Bayou Lassie on June 8, 2008 at 2:31pm

I know several that live in Minden or just to the east, north ofI-20, near 531 that signed a lease in the last week or so.Also have friend that has land north of Minden, but southof Sarepta area, that got $4000. per acre, for over 700 acres.Have seen the trucks that do the testing from the Old ArcadiaRoad north to the Sugarcreek Road area, then over to theClaiborne Parish line.So much of that area to the east of 531, is already leased asthat is in the "Minden Field" area.

DOs and DONTs on signing leases

Posted by Coonman on May 29, 2008 at 11:31am
Please comment on the dos and donts of signing....ei things to include or not to include

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Reply by Kassi on June 7, 2008 at 9:11am

Points To Consider Prior To Signing Mineral Lease Contracts1. The mineral rights are being leased in 640 acre “pools”.a. Once ¾ (75%) of the land owners sign leases the remaining ¼ (25%) of land owners are “Unsigned lease holders” with no lease agreement.b. The Un-leased mineral owner within the pooled unit is not entitled to receive any share of production or proceeds until the unit operator recovers the cost of drilling, completing, equipping and operating the well.2. If a well is planned to be drilled less than 3,000 feet deep, Louisiana law allows it to be located as close as 330 feet from any property line and 900 feet from other wells in the “pool”. That means there could be wells every 900 feet in some areas.3. Louisiana law allows permanent oil tanks to be as close as 500 feet from inhabited dwellings (homes) and 1,000 feet from churches and schools. (They must be surrounded by a fire wall.)4. There is great latitude for “mineral owners” (those who lease our minerals) to access the minerals on/under your property.5. A mineral lease allows for seismic testing automatically unless it is specifically mentioned as unacceptable in the lease.6. Louisiana law only requires a “reasonable prudent operator,” which means if the drilling company does not cause “excessive damages” you may not be entitled to recovery of cost for repairs, etc.a. Unless the lease specifies limitations to damages to your property and provides specifics as to restoration of property, you could be left with damaged property and/or homes.7. The drilling companies can use your surface water for their drilling needs if you do not have something in your contract that requires them to use alternate forms of lubricant for their drilling activities or to “fracture the well”. Drilling companies may also dig large water storage ponds on your site. (About 4.5 million gallons of water is used in the drilling process) Once the well is “fractured” to release the gas, the water and chemicals are “back flowed” and the pollution filled water must be recycled on site or trucked away for disposal. (Louisiana law allows the waste to be disposed of on site)8. Noise from oil and gas production can be a big issue . The bureau of land management published a study that measured noise levels from a drilling well at 83dBA at 50 feet from the well. Many states and municipalities have regulations requiring noise levels be reduced to 35 to 45 dBA at night. Fort Worth Texas requires that the noise be no more than 5dBA higher than ambient noise during the day and 3dBA higher than ambient noise at night.d. There are things companies can do to reduce noise levels:i. Use of pneumatic pumping units or progressive cavity pumps.ii. Limiting hours the trucks can run on your property; for example, 7:00AM to 9:00PMiii. Sound barriers made out of steel (NOT Styrofoam)iv. Mufflers on some engines or replacing diesel engines with electric motors.v. Housing compressors and engines in acoustically insulated structures.9. Louisiana law only dictates that royalties must be no less than 1/8 ( 1/5 on school land). Many people feel a reasonable royalty rate is typically considered to be ¼ or 25%.10. Louisiana law only dictates that royalties be paid in a “reasonable time”.11. Lease amounts vary and there is no minimum amount under the law. People in Stonewall have been signing leases for as little as $100.00 per acre to as much as $7,500.00 per acre. (One neighborhood in Shreveport recently signed for $10,500.00 per acre and 25% royalty12. Things to consider before signing when negotiating a contract for mineral lease:Limiting the number of wells placed on your property.Specifying an increased distance from your home for drilling activities and placement of tanks.A clause that allows you to stipulate where access roads may be built on your property and in what condition those roads need to be maintained.If you have children or domestic animals, you may want to consider requiring fencing along the access road on your property and around any drilling sites to protect your family and pets from potential harm.Requiring prompt payment for repair of any damages caused to your home or property due to access, testing or drilling activity.Requiring your property be returned to its prior condition or better when drilling or other activities are complete.Be sure you take pictures of your property prior to allowing them on your property so you can prove the original condition.Require safe disposal of waste from drilling or even removal of waste from your property including “back-flow water”Require adequate drainage management on your property.It may be wise to have clauses regarding noise abatement put into your contracts as most drilling companies will not go to the expense of providing noise abatement technology unless it is in the lease contract or is mandated by law (which it is not in Louisiana that I could find).Discuss your royalty rate prior to signing.Consider requiring royalty payments to begin within 90 to 120 days of commencement of actual production.You may also want to consider asking for your royalty to be based on gross not net production income.m.It may be wise to have a clause requiring your lease amount to increase if others in the 640 acre pool receive a higher lease price within a set time frame.SPEND THE MONEY FOR A GOOD LAWYER TO REVIEW THE CONTRACT PRIOR TO SIGNING (Some lawyers are handling cases for 3-5% of the signing bonus. I think 3% is reasonable especially if the lawyer does the negotiating for you and saves you the hassle)Some final “food for thought”:Owners of smaller tracts of land (15 or less acres) may be wise to collectively bargain for fair leases and reasonable royalties as well as protection to our environment.If you sign a wise deal with environmental protections and your neighbor does not will his or her lack of knowledge in signing impact your quality of life? Remember there is power in numbers. One land owner with 1-15 acres out of a 640 acre pool is minimal. 30 land owners with 1-15 acres have more significant bargaining power. Remember the lease you sign could impact your ability to sell your home someday. If you sign a bad deal, the next person may not be so interested in purchasing your property with the bad mineral lease deal attached. Be wise and discuss these issues as a community before signing leases, you will have to live with the terms of the lease for a VERY long time.I hope this helps.

Reply by bigball on June 7, 2008 at 11:03am

Kassi, thanks for posting.I see where you say "The mineral rights are being leased in 640 acre “pools”.a. Once ¾ (75%) of the land owners sign leases the remaining ¼ (25%) of land owners are “Unsigned lease holders” with no lease agreement.b. The Un-leased mineral owner within the pooled unit is not entitled to receive any share of production or proceeds until the unit operator recovers the cost of drilling, completing, equipping and operating the well."If a owner doesnt sign a lease agreement, and has to wait for the for the O&G company to recover all there cost:1. Since you didnt agree on the royalty package (example:25%). Does this mean that you will get a lot more royalty (example: 100%), since you didnt sign a lease agreement?2. How long before the co. recovers all there cost? Im sure, it would be awhile, but do have a ball park figure?

Reply by Kassi on June 7, 2008 at 1:45pm

Hi,I am not a lawyer but it is my understanding that, Yes you are entitled to 100% of the royalty for your portion of the pool if you are an unsigned lease holder. The rub is that you have to wait until all expenses are paid (some say 2 months some say 2 years) Then you get yours after all expenses are paid each month. You also have to keep an eye on them since rumor has it the o&g companies tend to play the waiting game with unsigned lease holders. Then there is the possibility that they will hit a dry well in which case you get nothing. I still think it is a good idea to sign a lease, just make it a smart lease and collectively bargain.

Reply by bigball on June 7, 2008 at 2:39pm

wow, you could really hit payday if you wait. i see what you are saying though. i to would rather sign a lease, but 100% compared to 20% is an insane amount of money.thanks for the information.

Force Pooling?

Posted by SoBoRes on June 9, 2008 at 8:22am

I have noticed reports in the Homer paper of activity in the area. I am looking for information as to if and how I may be affected by the Haynesville Shale specifically south of Lisbon. Currrently I am getting production from wells from 1991. When these wells where drilled we where advised there was "more gas, deeper" I would be grateful for any information.

From recent discussions with my neighbors, I believe that I am one of the last left in my area that hasn't leased. My family and I live in South Bossier (rural) and own the rights to a little under 1.5 acres. We were contacted back in Dec-Jan timeframe from TwinCites and they tried convincing us that $300 per acre and a ten year lease was a great deal. No, I didn't accept.Being family with many in the O&G business (most working outside of the greater S/B area) they recommended that we wait to sign anything. We surely weren't worried about the possibility of losing a few hundred in bonuses. Now, looking at it and talking with folks around here I'm not sure if my mineral rights have already been force pooled. I know that the farm land area surrounding my neighborhood has already been leased, and I believe O&G would already have enough of a percentage (>50% of 640 acre plot) within this area to force the pooling and have the approval to do so. Does anyone know how I can find this out or is there a law requiring them to provide me notice of this?How easy would it be to find out who owns the majority of the leases in my area? And should/could I attempt to lease with the same company or play on another company? I contacted my HOA president yesterday looking for others in my area, that haven't signed yet. I am hoping that there are a few left and then maybe we will have a little more to stand on.I do know that Chesapeake has a rig fairly close (not to mention their new facility a few miles down the road) to our community and have been told that they have tapped the shale from there. I am not sure of the rig number or coordinates, but I see the lights and hear the trucks in the distance at night.To all posting here, I really appreciate your time and knowledge and willingness to share. We don't expect to get rich, but it sure would be nice to have a little more to invest for our future.BTW, I've posted this same info on TigerDroppings and haven't received a response yet.

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Reply by Haynesville on June 9, 2008 at 11:42am

THIS IS FROM AN EARLIER POST DEEPER IN A DISCUSSION....sometimes you have to dig deep in the discussions to find stuff. Hope this helps.At 6:41pm on June 7th, 2008, DrWAVeSport said…Subject Forced Pooling per Haynesville Shale PlayQuestion I have read so much per forced pooling. I Live in Shreveport, LA...Approx. 90% of recent legal notices (6/17 thru 7/8) per LA Office of Conservation where O&Gs file applications, contain clauses of "force pooling" & "integrating of all separatly owned tracts, mineral leases, and other property interests...with each tract sharing in unit production on a surface acreage basis of participation..." What exactly does this mean to (us) the landowners (who are attempting to acquire better land leasing deals)? Are they attempting to get out of lease bonus moneys? Nothing really sounds great about being force pooled. If you could give me (and my fellow Haynesville Shale stakeholders) the ups and downs per these forced pooling clauses if they are granted by the LA Commissioner of Conservation...Thanks so much for your help.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Answer Dr; I'm not sure if you're talking about the pooling clause that is commonly found in leases, or about the pooling process that occurs when companies either can't locate or can't come to an agreement with some of the mineral owners in a tract they are attempting to lease.In the first example, don't worry about it. Most leases have pooling and unitization clauses that allow the lessee to "pool" or "unitize" several or more leases together in order to increase production from a field of oil or gas. If they were not allowed to do this, much production could remain in the ground. While there is the potential for abuse, in most cases you will never even get this clause activated as it is used mainly on fields that are nearing depletion.This type of pooling and unitization elects one well to inject a substance into it (perhaps salt water) in order to "push" the oil or gas out the other wells that have been pooled. Each mineral owner would share in the production from ALL the wells that were unitized. While your royalty fraction will be less in such a scenario (the newly created unit includes more land than your original lease did) you will still potentially receive more money in the long run as more of the oil or gas reserves are able to be recovered.If you are instead referring to the forced pooling process; this basically means that you will be "leased" at terms dictated by the State; based on what they think is "fair." A pooling order generally is good for only one year or less, meaning that if they don't drill within the time specified in the pooling order, the order will expire and you will be free to lease again. If you are pooled, and there is production from the well that is drilled, you will be paid based on your election of one of the several options afforded you in the pooling order. If you ignore the pooling order, a choice will be made for you by the terms of the pooling order.Some people prefer to be pooled, rather than lease to a company they can't reach an agreement with. They feel that the State will offer better terms than the company was offering.Hope this helps explain the pooling process.Frederick M. Scott CMMAnswered Question...I want to thank Mr. Scott for his timely and knowledgeable information (and for putting it into an understandable format). I appreciate him answering my questions that I sent to "" for his reply, last week.Thank you again, "" I have enjoyed all the Q&As that your experts put together that are helping the rest of us learn more about the O&G Industry.

Reply by SoBoRes on June 9, 2008 at 1:06pm

Haynesville,First, thanks for digging up that post. I had already read it and appreciate DrWAVeSport for sharing. Unfortunately, this still doesn't completely answer my questions. I guess my main question would be, can I as the owner of my mineral rights to my property, sign a lease with a different company if it is already pooled and I haven't been notified?Based on Mr. Scott's response, it appears that I should receive some type of order (to date I haven't seen anything). Does anyone know how I can find out if a request for pooling has been submitted? County clerk's office? And what would I need to find this information (e.g. address, coordinates, plot, section, etc)?

Over the last week we have been receiving calls from quite a few numbers in the local area and they never leave messages. This was the same tactic used by TwinCites for
about a month until I spoke with them, then I couldn't get them to stop calling.
Thanks in advance.

Reply by nisie on June 9, 2008 at 4:27pm

The Sonris site reports hearing dates and fields
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Title Memorandum
Posted by Melinda on June 10, 2008 at 12:10pm
We are in negotiations with Chesapeake and they want to file a Title Memorandum instead of the actual Title. Is this a good idea? They do not want the other companies know the offers they make.

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Reply by Jaybird on June 10, 2008 at 12:19pm

Http:// this comapny your question. Just go to the ask a quetion area on the site above.Very helpful site...just read all questions and answers there. It's helped me alot.

Reply by CaddoVisitor on June 10, 2008 at 12:44pm

What you are talking about is a lease memorandum, not a title memorandum. It has no bearing on your interests. All that it entails is that your lease signed with the company (in this case CHK) will stay off record. This is often done for competitive reasons. It also helps you out so that in the case no drilling occurs and you get the chance, any future lessors will have no prior information on past royalty rates and bonus amounts you agreed to. The memo gets recorded at the courthouse and your lease is signed. You and CHK will each keep a copy and the lease will be binding.

Lake Bistineau boundary

Posted by Scott Williams on June 11, 2008 at 11:34am
According to the state of LA, the 'official' boundary of Lake Bistineau is at the 148'6" contour line...a long way from the water line. Still in court as I understand it. In the mean time, royalties are being withheld amounting to the percentage of our land lower than that contour. Anyone have more info on this?Thanks.

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Reply by csc on June 11, 2008 at 1:50pm

no, but would be interested


Friday, June 27, 2008

Watch Your Haynesville Shale Legal "help"

I have been around the legal field a fews years now and based on what I am seeing, there are alot of "experts" out there earning millions for not doing much. Sure, they meet with you, fill out a few forms & and put your name where Ms. Yancy's name used to be, send the forms in, make a few phone calls, yada yada yada. IE spoke to some people who wanted 6% on our 300 acre plot..if we were to get $10,000 an acres that would be $180,000 for 6 weeks worth of work and because they had a few "contacts".My question. Where are all these folks going to be when you get served or need to serve those papers 3 years from now? ...oh, they will be there alright...for $400 an hour. Keep this in the back of your mind as you are negotiating..especially if you are using an attorney that does litigation as well...ask for a % discount to represent you if your contract ends up in court....because if you end up in court, it's likely because your contract wasn't constructed soundly...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Compilation of Haynesville Shale

June 25, 2008
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North of Castor: “my tract is just north of Castor and I've also signed the permit for a siesmic study, but no word about any leasing. I put a feeler into Chesapeake but haven't heard anything back from them”

Southern Bienville Parish: “in southern Bienville parish. Better known as Roy Town. I have signed the permit for the siesmic 3D, but no word yet on leasing.”

“I heard that west of Ringgold, companies are leasing, but it seems quiet east of there”



“several companies have tried to buy my mineral rights from me outright, they offered HUGE $$$$, I know what is down there, I just tossed the offers in the trash.”

“I just found out from a friend that works in the gas business that in between bossier city and benton around the magnolia chase subdivision the wells they just did, had more gas then anyone could have believed.”

Richmond Cove: “not an HOA here, since the Stockwell residents don't have an HOA, we need to form a group together…. We have only been offered 5500 per acre. If any other Stockwell residents want to try to form a group so that we can get the majority to sign at a higher offer then please respond.” (go to the Bossier parish group)

Brownlee: “I had posted last week that I lived in Lakewood and received the 5500/acre 25% from Twin Cities. I want to correct that the offer was for our RENT HOUSE located in Brownlee. I was told anything in township 19 was too far North and was not an area of interest AT THIS TIME.”

Dogwood: “25% royalty, 3 year primary lease term with 2 year option. The option payment will be equivalent to the primary term. $8,750 per net mineral acre signing bonus (if 90% or more of Dogwood Homeowners lease to Twin Cities) OR $6,000 per net mineral acre signing bonus (if 80% or more of Dogwood Homeowners lease to Twin Cities) OR $5,500 net mineral acre signing bonus (if less than 80% of Dogwood Homeowners lease to Twin Cities)”

Off of Benton Road, North of I-220 toward the River levy: “Residents along Rebouche Road have been known to sign leases for $5,000 per acre/.25%/3yr/2yr opt…. I was offered the same….. I am aware of signings off Airline Drive north of 220 for $11,000 per acre.”

Old Green Acres: “None of my neighbors around me has signed with anyone yet. I feel like if another company would offer us more that what Twin Cities did ($5500.00/acre) they would get a lot of people to sign with them. From everything I have read the rate should be at least $10000/acre.”

Orchard: (actually Gibson Acres which is at the end of Main drag of the Orchard) and have 1 acre and have not been approached.

Orchard: “(rural South Bossier) Own 1.5 acres, haven't signed with anyone.Working with HOA president to determine who left in my neighborhood hasn't leased already. Many did back in Jan-Feb timeframe for $250 per acre and 18% royalties.”

Lakewood: “our developer… retained the mineral rights on our sub. (Forest Hills in Haughton too.) So unless it has been 10 years since your BUILDER bought the lot, you likely don't hold the mineral rights.”

Lakewood: “…in the newer developed section, close to where it connects to Swan Lake. I received an offer last week [early june] of $5500/acre; 1/4 royalty; 3 year term, 2 year option…”

Carriage Oaks: “…received three letters so far from Twin Cities. Last offer on 5/31/08 was $5500 bonus, 1/4 royalty, 3 yr lease with 2 yr option. I have not signed yet.”

River Bend: “… our latest offer is $5,500.00 an acre. Wonder what the next offer will be?”



“Landowners in the area around Berean Baptist Temple, Mansfield Road, Shreveport supposedly signed for $12,700 bonus, not sure of royalty.”

“ellerbe road got 15777.00 for one acre and 25%.”

“I heard Country Club Estates just signed a deal for $27,000.00 and 25% but I do not know which company.”

“Petrohawk offered $16,500 with 25% royalty to the Ellerbe Road people. No deal has yet been finalized.”

“At Shreveport meeting last night lady who handles state land said average bonus paid to them in Caddo Parish was $13,400”
“She also mentioned the ones in the Haynesville shale area were higher than the state average and some where as high as $17,000.00 per acre or more even for smaller 19 acre tracts”

Broad Acres: “…area of Shreveport. She recently signed a lease for $10,500.00 per acre with 25% royalty and a no drill clause with Chesapeake.”

Keithville: “Fountainbleu subdivision in Keithville considering $12,500 acre with 25%.”

Stonewall: “one neighborhood recently signed for $7,500.00 per acre with 25% royalty with Chesapeake.”

“A good friend of mine worked with his neighbors in Stonewall and rallied together to unify. They were about to sign for 6000/acre up front/30 royalty but stopped short. They were approached by an investment banker and he said he could get them 15000/acre and 27 royalty.”

West Shreveport “…and have been offered (final) $10'500.00 depending on 90% of the residents signed with 25% royalty, 3yr primary lease term with a 2 yr option from Twin Cities. The $ amount drops if the % of residents go down ( if they get 80% signed - $9000.00 or 75% - $8000.00).”

Off W. Lakeshore at Sec 20 Township: “I received an offer early this year from a company for $100 an acre. I don't recall the company name. On April 20 I received an offer from Martin Producing for $350 an acre. On May 18 I received a blank lease from Pangaea Land Services stating they were working for Petrohawk”


Just south of Mansfield: “We have two landmen seeking leases. We countered at $12,500 per acre and 25% royalty. What are the names of the reports that will be published next week? I read the article of the prices the state received on its leases which was $11,750 to $15,895.”

Just south of Mansfield: “just outside of Mansfield and the first offer was only $2,000.00. with out even responding to that offer I rec'd an email offering $5,000-3yrs with 25% royalties. I thought that was a bit strange for him to go up w/o any response from me so as a result I have not signed. Oh, this was from costal out of Lafayette...”



“Has anyone heard of any others than Encana leasing in the Fairview Alpha area just south of Red River parish? Also what about the west side of Black Lake we also have land there? I can walk across the road and land there has been leased for $4000 an acre in Red River parish but I can only get an offer of $2000 an acre for being in Natchitoches Parish.”


“In Sabine, now hearing $15,000/acre......there and in far Southern DeSoto.....apparently, the Shell wells are becoming public knowledge of having "confirmed the extension southward" at least to their latest wells in northern Sabine Parish.”

Between Many and Zwolle on hwy. 1216, “we have been offered 1000…”

“We were offered $500 - $1500. We got $4000. Might could have gotten that on our own, but we know our papers are in good shape and we got things we had not thought of. We just wanted to get the land leased and let the clock started ticking....they have three years...that's it.”


North of Hwy 80 & between 79 north: “There has been some seismic testing going on just to the north of hwy 80 and between 79 north over to the Claiborne parish line. This is in what is called the Minden Field. Many old gas & oil wells are located there already, with much of that land already under lease for many years now. Also location of one of the old salt domes.”

“That's why all the leasing (supposedly) north of 1-20 has stopped. They have to define our part of the gray zone. If it starts to heat up in Webster Parish we can draw our own conclusions!”

Doyline: “Heard today of two families in Doyline that received offers of $1,000 per acrea/25% and also 4,000 per acrea/25%.”


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Goodrich is Moving in Haynesville Shale

Must like what it sees.

From Reuters.
June 23 (Reuters) - Independent oil and gas explorer Goodrich Petroleum Corp (GDP.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said it has agreed with a private company to acquire a 50 percent non-operated interest in 5,800 gross acres in the hot Haynesville shale play in Louisiana.
Advances in drilling and high oil and natural gas prices have triggered a frenzy of exploration activity among energy companies in "unconventional" fields like the Haynesville, where oil and natural gas are locked in substances like shale that were once considered too costly for drilling.
Goodrich said it will pay about $3.3 million to buy a 50 percent non-operated interest in 5,800 gross acres, 2,900 net to the company, in the Central Pine Island field, adjacent to its Longwood field in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

Earlier this month, Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N: Quote, Profile, Research) agreed to pay $178 million to buy into Goodrich's property in the Haynesville shale.
With the completion of this transaction and the previously announced joint venture with Chesapeake Energy, Goodrich has a total of about 22,000 net acres in north Louisiana, the company said.

Goodrich also raised its second quarter production forecast to an 8 to 11 percent sequential growth rate over the first quarter, up from its prior outlook of 5 to 9 percent sequential growth.
The company now expects net daily production volumes for the second quarter to average between 62,500 and 64,000 Mcfe.
Citing anticipated increased drilling activity, primarily driven by its Haynesville Shale program, the company also announced an increase in its preliminary capital expenditure budget for 2008 to $350 million, up from $275 million.

Shares of Goodrich are up 172 percent so far this year. They closed at $61.53 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Hezron Selvi in Bangalore; Editing by Jarshad Kakkrakandy)

Welcome to Haynesville Shale!

Not sure how active this site will be. I mainly wanted to begin this site to draw you to the site that I have started that is really getting the high traffic. At this site, hundreds of landowners are networking and learning from each other. Also, gas industry pros are contributing their expertise as well. It is certainly the place to be if you want to get a leg up and be in the know when that landman shows up at your door. So check it out. I think you'll be glad you did.