Titan Operating today informed Bedford-Colleyville Mineral Rights Coalition that it plans to re-examine its
leasing strategy given the recent turmoil in world economic markets, the homeowner group reports. "Therefore, effective immediately, all signing sessions previously scheduled by BC-MRC have been suspended," B-C MRC said in an email to members. According to the email, "Titan has indicated that it will honor all executed lease agreements for which a bank draft has already been issued, including those signed Saturday, Oct. 18 at a scheduled signing session in Euless. According to Titan, it plans to suspend leasing on a temporary basis pending an executive management meeting and possible discussions with its financial partner(s). Titan has indicated they will communicate the results of their
discussions to BC-MRC at the conclusion of its review process."
Titan follows similar moves by Chesapeake Energy, Vantage Energy and XTO Energy in the past week as producers struggle with both falling natural gas prices and a tight credit market. Titan is backed by Riverstone Holdings, a private equity group that also has a stake in Vantage Energy.
-- Jim Fuquay