President's Letter

I can’t believe it’s already February, and, considering Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, spring is near and winter is waning!  I’m sure you all are well into your 2019 goals and looking forward to Spring Break and some relaxation with family.  OCAPL is off to a great start in 2019.

We had an outstanding attendance at our February Educational Luncheon.  Paul Trimble with Spencer Fane, LLP was our guest speaker and presented on “Day in Day Out Issues Under the JOA”, a topic which all of us are certainly familiar with, especially in Oklahoma with overlapping JOA’s and Pooling Orders that are prevalent in most current exploration and development plans for our most active fields.  A big thanks to Paul for entertaining a Q&A session, which, considering the topic, likely could have lasted all afternoon.  Our guest speaker for the Monday Night Meeting was Mark S. Fisher, Southern Region Land Manager with Continental Resources, Inc..  Mark presented a look back at where our industry has gone and a forward look at where we are going, as well as a few high level points of information on Continental’s path to success in the SCOOP and STACK plays, and its development in the new “Springboard” play in the Springer underlying a portion of the SCOOP play.  I really enjoyed Mark’s presentation, as I hope others did as well.  Attendance at the Monday Night Meeting was as good as it has been in a long time; it’s always great to see the tables full and an attentive, respectful audience for our speakers who give graciously of their time for our benefits.

As March is upon us soon, be sure to sign up for the March 4th Educational Luncheon.  Matthew Allen with Conner & Winters, LLP will be presenting on “Top Leasing Lessees”.  Additionally, the March 4th Monday Night Meeting will be President’s night and we will welcome current AAPL President Mike Curry as our distinguished guest and speaker.  Be sure to get signed up for both events!

Finally, by the time this newsletter is published, I hope you have all renewed your 2019 membership dues.  Thanks to you all, our organization remains one of the strongest in the country, and I personally believe our members are some of the best our profession has to offer. 

I look forward to seeing everyone soon, until then.

Yours truly, Jeff Brooks – President