Created by: Bill Justice at 12/28/2010 4:24:43 PM | 0 comments. | 2647 views.
Be sure to go to the job bank to check out several new job postings.
Created by: Bill Justice at 12/16/2010 5:01:19 PM | 0 comments. | 2263 views.

Director’s Report

December, 2010

The December, 2010 AAPL Board Meeting took place earlier this month and went smoothly, with mostly routine items being discussed and voted on.  With NAPE right around the corner, there was much discussion about its sound financial shape and anticipated increase in exhibitors and attendees.  In addition to the usual catalyst role of providing a forum to facilitate deals, NAPE 2011 will once again feature a full-day conference entitled “Hot Prospecting in Unconventional Times”.  The full-day format was introduced at Summer NAPE 2010 and sold out quickly.

For those not familiar with the NAPE American Heroes Luncheon, it raises money to support severely wounded American veterans and is pleased to feature special guest LeAnn Rimes.  I urge everyone to sign up for this worthy and inspirational event.

AAPL President Steve Wentworth of EOG Resources will be the speaker at the January LAPL luncheon.  Steve has already demonstrated leadership and effectiveness as AAPL President and I hope everyone will come out to hear him speak.

AAPL’s education calendar is impressive with classes scheduled all over the country.  A complete list of upcoming events is available at  Speaking of the website, I mentioned previously that both Richard Hines and I are serving on the IT/Website committee, the mission of which is to redesign and rebuild the AAPL’s website from the ground up.  We are making tremendous progress and I am excited about how the vision is coming together.  Steve Wentworth and the entire Board of Directors are squarely behind this effort to create the best possible venue for landmen of all experience and responsibility levels.  A questionnaire was sent out to all members last week, so please take the opportunity to be heard.

For questions or concerns, I can be reached at 337-231-5877 or

Bill Justice

AAPL Director – Region I - Lafayette

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Don't forget to check the job bank on a regular basis.  Another job posting was just added today.
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Created by: DAVID DEVILLE at 9/14/2010 3:21:27 PM | 3 comments. | 2771 views.

Everyone was a winner at the LAPL Kickoff Party.  We are proud of our New Orleans Saints and proud of our members.

Check out the slideshow and see the pictures that capture the spirit of the night.  Pool winners, door prizes and great food provided by the Bayou Bistro.

We would like to especially thank our sponsors, for without them it wouldn't be possible:


  Beta Land Services, L.L.C.

  TotaLand Technologies, Inc.

  SunCoast Land Services, Inc.



  Ottinger Hebert, L.L.C.

  C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, Inc.

  Mantra Land Services, L.L.C.

  Stone Energy Corporation



  Keith Hebert

  Reagan Energy Services, L.L.C.

  Oil Land Services, Inc.

  J.P. Hesterly, Jr., Inc.




2010 LAPL Kickoff Party and Membership Drive
Created by: Bill Justice at 8/26/2010 3:22:22 PM | 0 comments. | 2358 views.

2010 Kickoff Party and Membership Drive

9/9/10 - Saints vs. Vikings

Get your tickets now!  $5 in advance (through 9/7/2010, $10 after)

via PayPal (you must have a PayPal account)

  go to

    select "Send Money"

    LAPL's account is

or mail check to:

  LAPL, P.O. Box 53491, Lafayette, LA  70505

Door prizes, heavy hors d'oeuvres and limited open bar!

First 100 to show up get 1 entry each on 3 football pools (must be present to win).

Click on the Event link or download the flyers to get more info.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our sponsors make this event happen!

We have 2 commitments at the Championship level, and 4 at the Gold level.

See attached form to participate.  Contact Bill Justice at 337-231-5877 or for more info.


Kickoff Party Flyer 2010 (small)
Kickoff Sponsorship Flyer
Created by: Bill Justice at 8/25/2010 1:59:42 PM | 0 comments. | 2999 views.




·         Fort Worth, Texas

·         Relocation assistance available


Compensation Package:

·         Generous salary plus bonus opportunity

·         Excellent benefits package


Privately held oil and gas company is seeking a results oriented Senior Landman with proven technical and business qualifications as follows:

·         Skilled in directing property acquisition and divestiture projects, negotiating purchase and sale agreements, preparing property exhibits, and coordinating integral data from various corporate departments.

·         Comprehensive background in hands-on technical collaboration with engineering/science professionals and key contributions in development of property packages.

·         Extensive experience in business planning/development, integrated project management, contract negotiation/administration, asset allocation, and loss prevention.

·         Versatile and solution oriented professional with keen business instincts; ability to plan and orchestrate complex projects concurrently.

·         Work closely with Land Manager in negotiation, preparation, and execution of oil and gas agreements. Prepare, review, and revise legal contracts for the exploration and production of oil and gas, i.e. operating agreements, farmout agree­ments, unit agreements,  confidentiality agreements, oil and gas leases, and assignments of leasehold interest.

·         Advise peers regarding participation in outside generated prospects and prepare agreements with third party operators.



·         A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Petroleum Land Management or closely related field preferred.

·         10+ years work experience in a comparable oil and gas land position.

·         Certified Professional Landman a plus.

·         Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and South Texas land experience preferred.

·         Self-motivated with ability to work efficiently, set priorities and interface with owners, partners, and in-house staff.

·         Team player with strong interpersonal skills.

·         Proficient analytical skills with accuracy/attention to details a must.

·         Strong written and oral communication skills.

·         Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel and land systems.




Theresa Myers, PHR

Director of Operations

J MAR & Associates

7161 Bishop Rd. Suite G220

Plano, TX 75024


972.732.1378 fax

Created by: Damon Weger at 8/13/2010 10:44:42 AM | 0 comments. | 2253 views.

Job Opportunity is awaiting.  Send your resume' to:

Office Manager,  P.O. Box 52928, Lafayette, La  70505.

For more information see the Job Bank link. 

Created by: Bill Justice at 5/20/2010 9:15:33 AM | 1 comments. | 2308 views.
Get ready.  The Saints' first game of the 2010 season is going to be a Thursday night rematch of the NFC championship.

Plan to join your fellow LAPL members at the Bayou Bistro, where we'll have lots of TVs, food and drink, and free football pools.

More details to follow later.  It's going to be a great game and a great time.
Created by: Bill Justice at 5/10/2010 10:56:36 AM | 0 comments. | 2418 views.

Seeking Title and ROW agents for work around the Shreveport, LA area.

Holland Acquisitions
309 West 7th Street, Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Bus  (817) 698-9393
Fax  (817) 698-9396

Thank You,

Wayne Janca
Holland Acquisitions

Managing Landman
Cell: (817) 205-8821



Holland Acquisitions Job Posting
Created by: DAVID DEVILLE at 5/6/2010 2:34:24 PM | 0 comments. | 2749 views.

The Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen is pleased to announce our

Spring 2010 Educational Seminar


Friday, May 14th, 2010 ~ 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Petroleum Club


Coordinated by Ottinger Hebert, LLC ~ Moderated by The Larry Hebert



Schedule (Subject to Change)



7:30 – 8:00

Registration ~ coffee, fruit & pastries provided




8:00 – 8:15

Opening Remarks



8:15 – 9:15

“Severance of Title From the USA and State of Louisiana – and why that is important to Title Approval”


William H. Mouton Law Offices

By William H. (Billy) Mouton

9:15 – 10:15

“Special Status Lessors and Leasing Situations”


Onebane Law Firm, APC

By Thomas G. Smart

& Craig A. Ryan

10:15 – 10:30




10:30 – 11:30

“What Does the State Own?”

Making Sense of the Red River Rollercoaster


Mayhall & Blaize, LLC

By Scott R. Patton

11:30 – 12:00

Break ~ Self Service Buffet



12:00 – 1:00



Babineaux, Poche’, Anthony & Slavich, L.L.C.

By Ted M. Anthony


1:00 – 2:00

“Subsurface Water Rights”



Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, L.L.P.

By Nicole Duarte & John W. Kolwe

2:00 – 2:15




2:15 – 3:15

“Legal Issues in Drilling Horizontal Wells”

Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, L.L.P.

By Joseph C. Giglio, III


3:15 – 4:15


Recent Developments in Louisiana Case Law




Liskow & Lewis, A P.L.C.

By Jeffrey D. Lieberman

4:15 – 4:30

Closing Remarks




Registration fee is $70.00 for LAPL members in good standing and $90.00 for all others.  Registration includes refreshments, seminar materials & lunch.  Seating is limited and the deadline for registration is May 11th, 2010.  A late fee of $25.00 will be assessed to any registration postmarked or received after May 11th, 2010.  Please make your check payable to LAPL and return with registration to: 


Angela R. Benedict, CPL, LAPL Education Chairman

PO Box 51721, Lafayette, LA 70505



Spring 2010 Educational Seminar


Name:                                                                                      Company:                                                                                            


Daytime phone:                                                                     Email:                                                                                                    

Please circle all that apply:   CPL   CPL/ESA   RPL         Certification Number:                                                                        

Contact Angela R. Benedict at 337-230-7682 or if you have any questions.


Created by: Bill Justice at 5/3/2010 1:25:55 PM | 0 comments. | 2223 views.

Hey everyone.  I know we just finished our own LAPL Golf Tournament, which was a tremendous success (thanks Buster), but we've got another excuse to hit the links!

The Lafayette Geological Society's tournament is this Friday, May 7 at the Wetlands golf course.  All the pertinent info is in the attached documents.

They've been a great support to LAPL causes in the past, so let's return the favor and have some fun doing it.  It's also a great opportunity to network with our cousins in the industry.

Hope you can make it!


Entry Form 2010
Golf Tournament Participation letter
Sponsor Letter 2010
Created by: DAVID DEVILLE at 3/24/2010 5:10:16 PM | 0 comments. | 2483 views.
Sign up now for the LAPL 2010 Golf Tournament!  See form here!


Golf Tournament Sign Up
Created by: Bill Justice at 3/15/2010 2:25:05 PM | 0 comments. | 2386 views.

As your AAPL Director, my primary responsibility is to represent the LAPL membership when it comes to AAPL policy.  I will be doing just that in a few days and would like to solicit feedback from the members in two areas:

AAPL members:  Many people have strong opinions when it comes to the recent decision to separate operations of NAPE from operations of the AAPL.  Please let me know if you would like to express your opinion, so that I can include it in the upcoming discussions.

LAPL/AAPL members:  Part of what I do is report on land activity in our region, including where most of our people are working, what type of work, industry day-rate levels, etc.  I would appreciate feedback in that regard, but am certainly not asking for specifics--simply impressions of where our membership is currently.

Please email me at  Your feedback will remain confidential.


Bill Justice

AAPL Director, Region I - Lafayette

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Event Date:  Thursday, April 22, 2010

Time:           5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Place:          Acadian Village, Lafayette

Highlights:    All You Can Eat Select Crawfish

                  Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

                  Keg Beer, Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

                  DJ & Live Musician Matt Castille

Who:           LAPL Members, Spouses and Guests

Tickets:       $25.00/person in advance

                  $40.00/person at the door

Funds generated by this event will be donated by LAPL to the Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) and St. Joseph Diner.




Exclusive key recognition as a FACILITY SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on FACILITY SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

Ø       Facility Sponsorship Award

Ø       8 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award


Key recognition as a PLATINUM SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on PLATINUM  SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

Ø       Platinum Sponsorship Award

Ø       6 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award 

Gold $500

Key recognition as a GOLD SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on GOLD  SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

Ø       4 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award


Key recognition as a SILVER SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on SILVER  SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

Ø       2 tickets to the Crawfish Boil, Sponsor Recognition and Sponsor Award

 Bronze $150

Key recognition as a BRONZE SPONSOR of the LAPL CHARITY CRAWFISH BOIL with Banner and special recognition announced in advertising the event and on BRONZE  SPONSORSHIP BOARD.

1 ticket to the Crawfish Boil

For more information call Mandy Trahan (337) 706-8901 or David P. Orgeron (337) 262-8151.


2010 LAPL Crawfish Boil Flyer
Created by: Bill Justice at 1/13/2010 2:20:35 PM | 0 comments. | 2722 views.
As many of you are already aware, the primary mission of the AAPL is to improve the professional lives of the thousands of men and women across the country engaged in land work.  The AAPL accomplishes that in many ways.  NAPE and Summer NAPE serve the vital function of bringing together all of the parties necessary to get prospects funded and executed.  Certification and education ensure that our profession maintains a high level of knowledge and ethical standards.  Representation in Washington D.C. and the various states guards against legislation that can be harmful to the industry.  Networking opportunities allow us to establish valuable business contacts and learn from others’ experiences.

A significant development recently was the decision by the board to split NAPE from the AAPL (from an operations standpoint only), which will enhance each organization’s ability to focus on their respective missions.  Robin Forte will continue his fine job of heading up NAPE, while a to-be-determined individual will take over the remaining functions of the AAPL.  An executive search is currently underway, with over 20 viable candidates having already expressed interest.

This year’s NAPE will be held February 10-12, right around the corner, and I encourage everyone to attend.  There seems to be a lot of optimism in the industry in regard to 2010 activity levels, and the general mood at NAPE will be a good indicator of the validity of that impression.

We are fortunate to have Mr. Rimmer Covington, current President of the AAPL, as speaker for the January 22 LAPL luncheon.  He has done a great job as President, and I expect those in attendance to enjoy his presentation.  He’s a good ole Mississippi landman who looks forward to meeting and speaking with our fine LAPL members.  I hope you can make it!

Please feel free to direct any questions or issues regarding the AAPL to me directly at 337-231-5877 or

Bill Justice
AAPL Director, Region I - Lafayette
Created by: Bill Justice at 9/28/2009 7:25:06 PM | 1 comments. | 2761 views.

You may have noticed that the natural gas figures above are not correct.  If you click on the link and go the the WSJ page that is the source of these numbers, you can see that there is some inconsistency--the spot price is no longer shown, and even the future month may be mis-labeled.

This is likely an intentional move on the part of the WSJ site, to keep people from hitting their site for the data.

In the meantime, we are looking into it.  The best thing to do for now is to click through to the WSJ page and get the full picture.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Created by: Bill Justice at 9/22/2009 11:56:42 AM | 0 comments. | 6598 views.

AAPL News Blast

To:         All AAPL Members
From:    Rimmer Covington, President

On behalf of the officers and directors of AAPL I make the following important announcements.

  1. Robin Forte’ has resigned as AAPL executive vice president effective when a suitable replacement has been secured.

  2. NAPE Expos has a new office location in the city of Irving, about 25 minutes from the AAPL Headquarters.  AAPL expects the move to improve the functionality of the NAPE staff to generate value for NAPE attendees and revenue to the NAPE partners including AAPL, and allow the staff of AAPL to better serve the needs of its members.

  3. I am pleased to advise you that Robin Forte’ will remain as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the NAPE Expo LP and an advisor to AAPL at least through 2014.

  4. This action has been taken with the full confidence of the NAPE Expo parties. This change in no way affects AAPL’s 50% ownership in NAPE nor AAPL’s management and control of NAPE as its general partner.
  5. The tremendous growth of both AAPL and NAPE in recent years makes it clear that the AAPL EVP job should not be burdened with the NAPE management job. 

    Since 1993, the year of the first NAPE, the AAPL membership is up from 7,000 to 12,000 and its budget has doubled from $1.5 million to $3.0 million. In the same time period NAPE has grown to two shows a year with 21,000 attendees, 1300 companies and a budget of $9.0 million. And only 15% of NAPE attendees are AAPL members.

    We are confident that these changes will preserve and protect both the member services of AAPL and the customer service and profitability of NAPE – and both are of the utmost importance.

  6. I have asked Steve Wentworth, AAPL first vice president, to chair the search committee for the new AAPL executive vice president.

Rimmer Covington
AAPL President

Created by: Bill Justice at 9/3/2009 11:44:53 AM | 0 comments. | 3211 views.

It's that time of year again--time to renew your LAPL membership.  The LAPL website now accommodates online renewal via PayPal!

To take advantage of this convenience, just log on to and follow the links to pay your dues.  If you don't already have a PayPal account, you will need to create one.  If you prefer to pay by check, you can still do so by simply mailing it in as before.

Those who put it off will receive a series of emails starting in a couple of weeks to remind you, then finally paper notices via snail mail.

Taking care of this online will help reduce the amount of time our volunteers need to spend processing renewals.  Your cooperation is appreciated!