Basic Landman skills are transferrable to a number of different areas. Following are a few of the other areas where TWW Landmen have proven themselves. If you have any questions or seek assistance with another type of project, please feel free to contact us.
In-House Land Services
IN-HOUSE LAND SERVICES
TWW is prepared to be the outsource provider of all your in-house land needs. We can prepare and present documents affecting the sale of properties including:
- Joint Operating Agreements
- Letter Agreements
- Exploration Agreements
- Farm-out/Farm-in Contracts
- Analysis of Oil & Gas Leases
- Salt Water Disposal Agreements
- Rental Contracts
- Joint Interest Billings
- Gas Purchase Leases
We can also conduct Railroad Commission research and filings including Rule 37/38 waivers and permits. We have relationships with Surveyors and help clients with drillsite locations, etc.
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Although it has been around for years, 3-D Seismic has recently exploded into the Petroleum Industry and, in a sense, has become a litmus test in exploration projects. A great deal of work is involved in purchasing Seismic Option Agreements, including identifying and locating the affected surface owners, understanding their issues, managing their perceptions and negotiating an agreement. It also involves notifying and gaining the agreement of any companies holding oil and gas leases in the shoot area.
TWW Landmen have negotiated seismic options in Texas and other states and we have had favorable dealings with large ranches and prominent land owners. We can get the job done quickly and effectively.
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The use of wind as an energy source has its roots in antiquity. At one time, wind was the major source of power for pumping water, grinding grain and transporting goods by sailing ships. Present day applications of wind power include water pumping and the generation of electricity.
Vast areas with high wind power potential exist in Texas. While the strongest winds are located along ridgetops in mountainous areas, the Great Plains from Texas to North Dakota contain the preponderance of the nation's wind power potential. There are three major areas with good wind power potential in Texas: the Great Plains, the Gulf Coast, and specific ridgetops and mountain passes throughout the Trans-Pecos.
TWW has been involved in some of the first forays into wind power in Texas and is poised to assist you in developing more wind power resources across the State and beyond. For more information on our wind power offerings, please visit Wind Quest Associates.
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Gas storage involves injecting gas into a depleted reservoir, a practice that occurs quite often in Louisiana and Mississippi and has historically occurred less often in Texas. However, with the increase in drilling activity, gas storage reservoirs are in short supply and we expect the demand for gas storage in Texas to increase over the next few years.
Understandably, when a land owner hears there is interest in storing gas on or near their property, they have concerns and need factual information about the process. The Landman’s role in a gas storage project requires good Public Relations skills, as we are involved in many public meetings where our role is to dispel misinformation and disseminate good information. The most common misinformation typically revolves around rumors the gas will explode or the mineral owner will never be able to lease their minerals again. These are very sensitive issues that require an empathetic ear and a valid explanation.
Landmen typically get involved before the company’s lawyers have filed the permitting paperwork with the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) in Washington, DC and with any State and Local regulatory agencies. During that time, we work with the mineral and surface owners to obtain at least 50% agreement on the project before filing for permit.
After the permitting process (typically six months or more), we negotiate the agreements that involve annual rental payments to the owners, and we typically buy the surface of the land where the actual gas injection will take place. TWW Landmen already have experience negotiating the entire gas storage process, making us a valuable partner for your gas storage needs.
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The wireless revolution continues to explode and while many companies are acquiring wireless towers from competitors and partners, there is a real need for new facilities. The work is similar to leasing mineral interests, but in this case, there are many potential sites for a tower, so many potential landowners can be contacted for one tower. It is typically in the best interest of the landowner to act quickly if they are interested in leasing their land to avoid losing the opportunity to a neighbor. Ted W. Walters & Associates has a proven track record in the acquisition of wireless towers.
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