Sunday, November 16, 2008

Haynesville Shale: Fox volunteers to guard the henhouse

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association has announced its Haynesville Shale Educational Center. This could be a good source for general information, but if you are seeking information on leasing, I would suggest avoiding this website like the plague. LOGA is strictly an industry organization and will hardly have your best interests at heart.
The mission of LOGA is “to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry.” There is nothing wrong with that, but just be aware of who they are.
Among the members of LOGA are:
EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Devon Energy Corporation, Petrohawk Energy Corporation, Plains Exploration & Production Company, Samson, XTO

Members of the Board of Directors:
Don G. Briggs, LOGA President
Don is a native of Miami, Florida and a 1964 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Don began his career in the oil industry with Owen Drilling Company, while attending USL.

CeCe Richter, Assistant to the President
CeCe started her career in the oil and gas industry in 1975 with Texaco in New Orleans; progressing through the administrative ranks to end her 20 year career at Texaco in 1995 as Assistant to the Vice President.

Benjamin Fournet Broussard, Marketing Manager
Ben is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and is a 2002 graduate of Louisiana State University. Before joining with LOGA in 2006, Ben spent four years with the Enterprise Leasing Company of New Orleans.

Gifford Briggs, Legislative Director
Gifford serves as the Legislative Director for the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. Gifford’s involvement started at an early age working for his father in the pipe yards of Lafayette Louisiana.

1 comment:

  1. Good post. I had only a short stint as a landman (the last in first out rule caught me short right before the holidays). Nevertheless, it is not hard to see that the companies will look out for their own best interest, not that of the landowner. The leases are on their forms. They are written to protect the lessee and the operator, not the landowner.

    And now that I am representing some landowners, I see that negotiating these leases from the landowners perspective is challenging even when you are well-versed in the legal issues.


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