President's Letter

Well, it’s hard to believe we are already halfway through February 2020 and even harder to believe the metro finally got some snow!  Unfortunately, I missed out on the sledding action while attending NAPE but received several videos of my dogs enjoying the winter wonderland.  NAPE was well attended even with the flight delays out of OKC and Midland and overall, morale was higher than expected considering the price of oil and natural gas. 

Earlier this month, our February Educational Luncheon featured Matt Schlensker from Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, presenting “Oklahoma & Texas Case Law updates.”  The presentation was well received and brought to light some key differences in the way the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Texas Supreme Courts rule on similar situations.  The Monday night meeting was well attended and hosted Tim Dowd (Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson) and George Snell, III (Snell Law Firm) on a comparison of Oklahoma and Texas title law which went in-depth on differences in each state’s title standards. The structure of this presentation was well balanced with a question or scenario addressed by Mr. Dowd regarding the Oklahoma Title side and Mr. Snell addressing the same scenario from the Texas side.  I feel both the Luncheon and Monday night presentations were extremely beneficial considering the Permian/Delaware and Eagle Ford plays are both very active right now.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 2nd, next month’s Educational Luncheon, hosting Roberto Seda (Seda Law Firm PLLC) as he presents “Acquiring an interest through a deceased mineral owner.”  That evening is also OCAPL’s annual “Presidents Night”, where current AAPL president, Jay W. Beavers, III will present “From Noah to Trump.” both are sure to fill up quickly, so make your reservations as soon as possible.

Recently, two of OCAPL's members were honored for their achievements in the Industry. Both Ms. Cathy Lebsack, Vice President of Land & Exploration at Devon Energy Corp and Ms. Heather Powell, President, and CEO of Ventana E&P, LLC were recognized by Hart Energy Conferences "25 Influential Women in Energy." The "Women in Energy" luncheon will be held on March 4th, at the Hilton Americas in Houston, TX to celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished women who have risen to the top of the Oil and Gas Industry. Congratulations to you both on this accomplishment and recognition.

One of the things I want to focus on in 2020, is promoting social media as a networking tool and would like to take a moment to recognize Jordan Volino and Michael Gumbs Betancourt for their efforts to utilize different aspects of social media to post both upcoming OCAPL events and to focus on individual members and their achievements. I feel this is extremely important in our current day and age and so far, it has proven very beneficial. In addition to social media, they were also tasked with reaching out to new members and personally invite them to our Monday Night gathering.  Our goal through these efforts is to introduce the new members to different groups at the Monday night meeting and hopefully snuff any awkwardness to join a conversation or meet current members. Great job so far Gentlemen! 

If you have the chance, please like/share/follow OCAPL’s platforms on Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin.

On a final note, please take the time to renew your membership and encourage co-workers and fellow landmen to join OCAPL and attend our events. This is easier said than done when so many people are working part-time, if at all. In this industry, networking is always key. The more people you know the more opportunities there are.

Thanks to those who have already renewed their membership and continued support our organization. Our efforts not only give back to the industry we so love, it also gives back to the Oklahoma City Community and those in need. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.



Jerrod R. Hardegree, President