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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 or to receive the best offer for your oil and gas interests, should you desire to sell. 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 34 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. Ilios Resources, Inc. has been awarded the Best of Shreveport Oil and Gas Mineral Buyer Award for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

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 5 years my practice is primarily an advocacy for the landowner. I also assist royalty owners recover suspended payments or incorrect royalty payments, or sell their mineral or royalty interest.

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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Recent Answers from Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL

2016-11-03 Mineral rights:

Terry,  Yes, unfortunately many people are unaware that they own mineral interests by virtue of inheritance. It is the company's responsibility who is interested in negotiating lease terms with you to

2016-10-10 Washita County Gas Lease Offer:

Carol,  I always advise a landowner to counter any first offer that is made to them. In your situation, where the initial offer was $500 per acre with a 3/16ths royalty, I would suggest you ask for $750/acre

2016-09-05 Selling small mineral rights:

Jacqueline   When a mineral owner is seeking to sell their mineral interests they should work with a reputable company who has been in the oil and gas mineral acquisition side of the business for at least

2016-08-28 lease pooling:

John,  You can go to the Texas Railroad Commission site to find the drilling permits and producing wells for any property. You need to have either the Abstract no. or the Survey Name, to perform the search

2016-08-26 Inheritance - Minerals and Royalties:

Nicolas,  Good work! You've contacted the oil company and been able to make contact with the division order analyst.  Sometimes that's even very difficult to accomplish!  There are different laws for different

 

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