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Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING A QUESTION. I can answer all questions related to oil and gas ownership, mineral interests and working interests concerning the leasing and selling of your minerals, any questions concerning pipeline ROW's, units with the Louisiana Department of Conservation; pooling provisions, depth limitations, vertical or horizontal pugh clauses; and oil and gas terminology. I can offer assistance in negotiating for leasing your property, assisting in locating owners of suspended funds. I am only able to answer questions regarding oil and gas leases, minerals, royalties, or offers to purchase mineral/royalty interests if I have complete information. Please provide a full legal description for your interest(s). If the question pertains to a lease, please include all terms of any current (or desired) lease offers, including lease bonus amount, royalty and lease term. If the question is regarding a mineral or royalty interest offer to purchase, please provide the offer amount, date of offer, other offer terms, and further details on the mineral/royalty interest, such as lease terms, and if producing, the average monthly income. Since I receive numerous inquiries daily, I am only able to answer your questions efficiently and effectively if I have complete information. I must decline any questions submitted with incomplete information. If your question is non-technical in nature and you simply need assistance understanding an oil and gas matter, please submit your question with as much information and detail as possible. Any background information that has led to your question is also very helpful.

Experience in the area

I have over 29 years experience as an Independent Petroleum Landman. I became a Landman after working as a paralegal for Oil & Gas Attorneys for 8 years. My first 2 years were spent specializing in Well History and Research with the Louisiana Department of Conservation, then moving into clearing title defects and handling title curative for oil and gas properties for the next 6 years. Subsequent thereto, I handled title issues, buying oil and gas leases and settling surface damages. I also acquired acreage for drilling prospects in excess of 10,000 acres. I also became a mineral/royalty owner commencing in 2004 and have found that I can help many people when they have reached the point in their lives they feel converting their minerals or royalties into a cash asset benefits them.

Organizations

American Association for Professional Landmen, ArkLaTex Assoc. of Professional Landmen, and Dallas Association of Professional Landmen (DAPL), Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)- South. This certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. This designation is reserved for only those women-led businesses that exemplify the characteristics of integrity and professionalism to which the WBENC adheres to so strictly.

Education/Credentials

Attended LSU, became a Certified Professional Landman in 1994; Notary Public with dual authority in multiple parishes in North Louisiana; Bilingual in English and Greek

Awards and Honors

Expert Oil & Gas Professional assisting attorneys representing landowners. Involved in 2 lawsuits and both suits were awarded to the landowner.

Past/Present Clients

Consultant Landman for Texas Oil & Gas (TXO Production Corp.), Anadarko Petroleum, Comstock Resources,Independent Geologists, Pipeline ROW Clients, and Oil & Gas Attorneys. For the past 2 years my practice is limited to advocacy for the landowner. I also assist royalty owners recover suspended payments or incorrect royalty payments.

What do you like about this subject?

I love the excitement of the chase. The research required to uncover the facts; meeting new people and new situations; the unbelievable numbers that you only see in the oil and gas business; and learning, and learning and learning. In this business, there is always more to learn.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I've already achieved more than I had ever dreamed or imagined. I have already found "the needle in the haystack", not just once, but several times. I would love to have a geology degree and had enrolled at our local university a few years ago. However, my work and family schedule was not conducive to pursuing -I was working 10-12 hour days 6 -7 days a week and felt the timing was not right.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are so many facets in the oil and gas industry. It takes a Team of Engineers, Geologists, Landmen, Surveyors to get a well drilled - and there is no guarantee a well will produce.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Why is the U.S. the largest importer of LNG (liquified natural gas) when its supply exceeds that of any other country in the world?

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Ryan08/12/14101010 
Rodger07/17/14101010Pretty quick response and clearly given.
jill06/30/1410 
Lura04/24/14101010Thank you for sharing your knowledge, very .....
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Recent Answers from Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL

2014-08-11 Oil and Gas Lease:

Tara,  The information you stated under the term 'Lease terminology' is not conclusive in itself to determine whether the royalties to be paid will be paid 'at the well [without transportation, compression

2014-08-08 Mineral Deed and Royalty Deed 20 yr reversion:

Ryan,  Each state has its own mineral laws.    In Louisiana, a royalty deed can be granted up to 10 years; no more.  However, production can perpetuate the royalty servitude as long as there is production

2014-07-15 oil and gas mineral lease:

Rodger,  Thank you for the compliment, I limit my questions on AllExperts only because I want to answer each one very carefully and that requires much thought.    As far as finding comparable leasing terms

2014-07-07 horizontal drilling - lease bonuses:

Donna   I haven't reviewed a Production Sharing Agreement nor been presented with one to execute as a mineral owner myself in TX.   If you would like to email me a copy of the agreement I would be interested

2014-06-29 Oil well pool:

Mr. Guthrie,  The proximity of your tract of land from a drillsite does not ensure that you will, or will not, be pooled into the unit for the well.  Unfortunately the unit line can be 5 feet away from

 

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