Air date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
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Doug talks about the importance of education yourself in regards to your own situation. Doug highlights the importance of understanding all possible options before signing any agreement.
Doug talks about where he grew up as a child. Growing up on a farm has given Doug a personal connection to his work with landowners. Also Doug talks about misinformation – remember change is a constant when dealing with oil and gas issues.
Discussion on the usual topics Doug will cover on his weekly radio show. Also discussed is how you can use the show to benefit you, and while shows are not tailored to fit one person, the information given can help you make an educated decision regarding your situation.
Doug stresses that you must understand the market is ever changing and information that was relevant a year ago may be outdated. Do not let yourself succumb to poor information and in turn sign a poor gas lease. Stay educated.
Air date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Doug talks about the changing market and the power landowners have, the success he has had with his clients on roadway contracts, and the affiliation the land men have with the gas companies.
Doug talks about the changing prices in pipeline contracts, the importance of signing an agreement only after it has been reviewed by a lawyer, and the subject of royalty checks (including deductions).
Doug continues his talk on royalties, detailing the language which indicates a strong or weak lease, and which companies take or do not take deductions.
Doug explains what a reasonable objection is when dealing with a gas company, continues his discussion on royalty checks, and the importance of knowing your individual situation.
Air date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Discussion on the different types of agreements a landowner may sign. Doug also talks about the importance of maximizing your leverage as well as not letting the opinions of those who do not know your situation, give you advice.
Doug updates listeners on the Burkett V. Chesapeake case. Even if you are not receiving royalties, the outcome of this case will affect you if you have the market enhancement clause in your lease.
Doug talks extensively about an article written by Abram Lustgarten of propublica.org which details the practices Chesapeake has used to help themselves out of financial straits. This includes but is not limited to taking deductions from landowner’s royalty checks. This is an incredibly informative article that Attorney Clark believes all landowners should read, especially if you are involved in any form of an Oil and Gas Lease.
Doug continues to review Abram Lustgarten’s article which may be found at propublica.org. Again Doug strongly feels that this article is a MUST READ for all landowners. Doug explains some points he feels are most crucial, however the entire article cannot be summarized in two segments and the best way for you to educate yourself on some of the practices Chesapeake has been implementing, is to read the article.
Air date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Doug talks about the different options landowners have when deciding if they have a claim or issue against a gas company. Discussion on pipeline agreements- Remember the land man is not your friend. Doug explains why he believes a deal Shell Co. was proposing was a poor deal, and gives an example of when he called out a land man for morally questionable tactics.
Doug explains the specific deductions that are being taken out of landowners royalty checks. Doug also explains why he believes that sitting on the sidelines is a poor decision for landowners. Remember the landowner can never lose anything by gaining information.
Doug talks about the leverage landowners have. Remember in most cases as a landowner, you have the ability to say no. Do not let yourself be a low hanging fruit, willing to sign anything. Learn how to maximize your opportunity.
Learn how to better protect your property. Doug also gives an example of where a client who was not going to look for help with his gas lease, made the right decision, sought the help he needed and received far more monetary value then he had expected or hoped.
Air date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Discussion on pipeline agreements. There has been a recent resurgence in pipeline agreements. Listen to Doug explain why he feels it is important to take advantage of this opportunity and maximize your potential agreement.
Doug talks about some of the tactics land men use to persuade landowners into signing agreements that are poor. Doug also gives an example of when and land men tried to use these tactics on him and explains why they would not work.
Attorney Clark explains his case, Burkett v. Chesapeake, and tells you how you can get a free, confidential, no obligation review of your lease to see if you qualify to join the suit.
Doug explains the success he has had in negotiating with over 40 different gas companies. In almost every instance he has been able to improve the terms and conditions of the lease. Also listen to Doug explain some of the details he finds troubling in different leases.
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