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June 26, 2008

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Asma

Good post. I had only a short stint as a landman (the last in first out rule caguht 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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