In this month's edition:



Page 1

Texas Changes Payment Requirements

Page 2

President's Letter

Page 3

Behind the Scenes Planning for 2002
Donna Reeves

Page 4

State Bar of Texas-
Opportunity for
Associate Membership

Page 5

Icebreaker and NAPE 2002
S. Sullivan and M. Cousins

Page 6

Counterpart Connection

Page 9

Certification News

Page 10

State of Texas HB 981
An Act
Relating to Oil and Gas
Royalty Reporting Standards

Page 12

MMS Royalty Reduction Program

Page 13

NADOA 2002 Institute

Page 14

Test Your Title Knowledge

Page 17

Calendar of Events

Page 19

Board of Directors and
Committee Chairmen

© 2002, All Rights Reserved

BY Arnold Johnson

Here is your chance to become an ASSOCIATE member of the State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section. This is the oldest section of the State Bar of Texas, with a rich history in the energy law area. For the annual cost of $20, you will receive a quarterly Section Report and other Section mailings. In addition, the Section website is being redesigned to include a “member access” section that contains an archive of Section Report articles. Associate membership is another way for land professionals (including members of AAPL, NALTA, and NADOA) to receive timely information on pertinent topics, and to continue their professional development.

Each year, the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section sponsors two major programs, including the University of Texas Ernest E. Smith Oil and Gas Law Institute (held in Houston in March) and the Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course (typically held in October at rotating locations within the state).

In addition to these programs, the quarterly Section Report has become a leading source of articles on energy law topics. Each Section Report also contains summaries of recent cases of interest to law and land practitioners.

The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section is sponsoring or participating in other professional efforts, such as the development of Texas “Land Title Standards” and model form jury instructions for use in oil and gas litigation.

The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section strongly supports the efforts of NADOA and believes that associate membership in the Section will supplement the professional development of NADOA members. Application forms are available by contacting the Section Chair, Al Cummings, at (713) 547-2022.