Dear CCLG Members, As many of you know, oil & gas activity has slowed down tremendously with oil prices dropping to below $40/barrel. We’ll try to continue to send out newsletters and be ready to meet or act if any interest or activity picks up in our area. With everyone’s busy schedules, I hesitate to hold a meeting, as I anticipate turnout would be very low without any new information or activity.
Minutes from August 27th, 2014 meeting
Minutes from February 12th meeting:
The Coshocton County Landowners met Wednesday evening, February 12 at the Coshocton County Career Center. Todd Endsley opened the meeting and also shared that our speaker from Blue Racer Midstream had to cancel at the last minute. We will try and get the speaker for the August 27th meeting. Blue Racer Midstream is a joint venture between Dominion Energy and Caiman Energy II, specializing in the infrastructure & midstream services needed to support the Utica Shale play. Dick Emens spoke about changes across the state. He is still seeing most of the development out farther east in about 8 counties. There is speculation that part of the holdup as you move farther west is that there is less gas pressure to push up the oil. This is partially true, however, Dick pointed out with the value of the oil still around $100/barrel, these companies aren’t going to leave it down there. Also, a lot of these companies are still focusing in Harrison, Carroll, Belmont, and already established areas, as they have pipeline infrastructure and midstream infrastructure in place to refine and ship away the oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Sean Jacobs spoke about the difference between selling your oil & lease rights and selling your mineral rights. He cautioned landowners to be very cautious if considering selling their mineral rights. See the Powerpoint presentation on the website to see Sean’s presentation. They are seeing a lot of companies trying to buy the mineral rights further east. Sean and Dick both encouraged members to be patient and when things start to happen, the group will be ready. Larry Endsley closed up the meeting with a Q&A session. Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center. We will attempt to get the speaker from Blue Racer Midstream to speak at this next meeting.
Minutes from August 21st meeting:
The Coshocton County Landowners Group met Wednesday evening, August 21st at the Coshocton County Career Center. Todd Endsley opened the meeting with a brief update on group matters including upcoming meeting dates, possible future speakers, and also reminding everyone to return their extension form if they haven’t already. We’ll be going to a quarterly meeting in an effort to still get together on a regular basis for group updates and also continue to have educational speakers. If anyone has suggestions or ideas for future speakers, please let Todd or Larry know. Shawn Bennett from Energy In Depth Ohio spoke about what is happening across eastern Ohio in the shale play. He also talked about the different processing facilities being built in eastern Ohio including the Markwest facility. A copy of his powerpoint is on the website. We would highly recommend you review his presentation. Dick Emens did a brief review of the last year and a half on important topics that we’ve covered. Sean Jacobs spoke on the importance of “clearing your title” ahead of time. Larry Endsley closed up the meeting and announced the next meeting dates on Wednesday November 13th at 6pm and Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 6pm.
Minutes from May 15th meeting:
The Coshocton County Landowners Group met on Wednesday evening, May 15th. Dick Emens from Emens and Wolper spoke about “Utica Shale Developments that Benefit Landowners”. Please see Dick’s powerpoint presentation on the “Gas & Shale Info” page under “downloads”. Dick talked about oil & gas activity across the state. The majority of the development continues to be in the eastern counties. The main hold up that Coshocton and other counties further west have is that there is not enough pipeline infrastructure to support the Utica Wells. He expects to see significantly more pipeline projects in the next couple of years to support the Utica wells. Also, a lot of the leases in Harrison and Carroll counties are starting to get 3-4 years old already, forcing the producers to focus on drilling on those leases to avoid having to renew those lease terms all over again. Outlook remains positive, just need to remember that this is a major investment for the oil & gas companies and will take time for them to develop further west into Coshocton and Muskingum counties. Sean Jacobs also spoke about pipeline right of ways and what to expect in those easements. Due to everyone’s busy summer schedules, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st, 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center. If anything would arise which would require a vote or decision prior to that meeting, we won’t hesitate to schedule a special meeting.
Minutes from March 20th meeting:
The CCLG met on Wednesday March 20th at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center. Larry Endsley opened the meeting and introduced the guest speakers. Todd Mizer & David Shallenberger from Rea & Associates spoke about Oil & Gas tax implications (see PDF of presentation under Gas & Shale info page on website, under downloads). David spoke in length about how lease bonuses and royalties are taxed as well as pipeline easement payments. David also warned about “tax schemes” and to remember “If it sounds too good to be true, it is”. Dick Emens spoke about what is going on across the state and highlighted different production and wells across eastern Ohio. The April newsletter from the Emens & Wolper Law Firm will be coming out shortly and will recap a lot of the information from Dick’s update. Dick highlighted that the Utica play in Coshocton is taking longer than a lot of people expected, but, the primary reasons are due to lack of pipeline infrastructure, no current wells with production results, and the need for these oil & gas companies to drill on the thousands of acres in the eastern part of the state that they’ve leased over the last 3 years first. Sean Jacobs gave some additional updates on pipeline leasing and warning about pipeline lease language. Todd Endsley spoke about the ATEX pipeline and shared the ATEX website address if anyone wants to read about it (http://www.atexexpresspipeline.com). Todd and Dick also spoke about the need to extend the group’s membership past April 30th. After researching what other groups are doing in the area and around eastern Ohio, the decision was made to go with a 10 month extension thru Feb 28, 2014. At that point, two additional 6 month extension would go into effect with the option for a member to opt out at each extension if they so wish. The Extension form is being posted to the website. Please attempt to get the extension back to Larry or Todd by April 30th. Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 15th, 6pm at the career center.
Minutes from January 16 meeting:
Dale Arnold from Ohio Farm Bureau gave a very informative presentation on “How will an existing oil or gas well affect me” (see his powerpoint under Gas & Shale Info Tab – Downloads) Dale spoke about what a landowner should do if they have an existing gas or oil well on their property. Attorney Dick Emens spoke to the group about what is happening across the state. He shared many of the items that were in the most recent newsletter from his firm (look for the Newsletters on the home page). Per Dick, the shale development is moving south into Noble & Belmont & Washington counties. Dick also reported on the production from the Shugert 1-12H well located in Belmont County was very strong. On November 28, 2012, Gulfport reported that the Shugert 1-12H well located in Belmont County, Ohio tested at an average sustained18-hour rate of 7,482 barrels of oil equivalent per day composed of 28.5 million cubic feet of natural gas, 300 barrels of condensate, and 2,907 of barrels of natural gas liquids per day.
For more information, see http://www.farmanddairy.com/news/utica-shale-harrison-co-well-shows-promising-results-more-wells-on-the-way/45004.html .
Dick mentioned that it is a positive sign to see production moving south (from Harrision & Carroll County), but we still need to see production move west. Currently there is no producing well in Coshocton County. Todd & Larry reported that the group is continuing to pick up contiguous acreage. Also, if you haven’t sent in your extension form, please do that right away. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 20th at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center.
November 14th Meeting Notes:
The Coshocton County Landowners Group met Wednesday November 14th at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center. Todd Endsley opened the meeting with some general comments and updates on the group. Updates include the group adding significant acreage in the following townships: Lafayette Twp – 278 acres; Virginia Twp – 545 acres; Franklin Twp – 453 acres; Newcastle Twp – 301 acres. Continue to talk to neighbors about joining the group, as contiguous acreage is very important. Also, most of the members have turned in their extension forms. If you have not yet completed your extension, please send to Todd or Larry at your earliest convenience.
EMAIL ADDRESSES NEEDED– If you are not receiving emails from Todd and would like to be included on the email list, please email or call Todd with your email address. Sean Jacobs from the Emens & Wolper Law Firm discussed Pipeline easements and Right of Way Easements. (See copy of PowerPoint presentation posted on the website on the “Gas and Shale Info” page under the “downloads” section) Dick Emens also discussed what is happening with the negotiations with the oil & gas companies and what is happening across the state. Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday January 16th at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center. Larry Endsley closed the meeting with a Q&A session.
September 19th Meeting Notes:
The Coshocton County Landowners Group met at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center on September 19th. Todd Endsley opened the meeting with some general comments and then introduced the main speaker, Frank Leeper from Producer Service Corporation in Zanesville, OH. Frank is the V.P of Development and has over 21 years experience in the oilfield service worldwide. Frank shared the history of Producers Service Corp, which handles hydraulic fracturing and other Oilfield services for Ohio and surrounding states. Frank also gave a very informative presentation about how Hydraulic Fracturing is done and also showed several videos.
After Frank spoke and answered questions about Hydraulic Fracturing, Larry Endsley spoke about the group’s extension. The group has received a lot of the extension forms back already, but, please try and complete the extension and return to Todd or Larry ASAP. The extension form extends the original contract with Dick Emens and the CCLG from September 30th, 2012 to April 30th, 2013. This extension is to allow Mr. Emens to continue to market the group and look for a good Oil & Gas company to lease with.
Frank also spoke about what is happening around the state in the Oil & Gas industry. He discussed Enervest’s decision to sell approximately 500,000 acres in Ohio and how that news may impact the leasing opportunities in our area. He encouraged the group to be patient, as the activity and leasing has considerably slowed down in the last few months. Mr. Emens mentioned that a lot of the oil & gas companies are really waiting to see some production reports from these completed wells. To date, no well has been completely finished to the production stage in Coshocton County. On a positive note, he discussed the permit filed by Devon Energy for a well in Oxford Twp and how it is good to see another company (besides Anadarko) begin to actively explore in Coshocton County.
Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 14th at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center. Remember – the group is still accepting contiguous or large parcels of land to fill in the blank spots on the map. Continue to talk to neighbors & friends and try and get more people involved.
Meeting minutes for the August 15th Meeting
Attorney Dick Emens gave an update on the negotiation process with the Oil & Gas companies. Mr. Emens encouraged everyone to be patient and wait for the right company & deal to come along. Mr. Emens has been in contact with numerous Oil & Gas Companies and will continue to keep us updated on the negotiation process. Mr. Emens also gave everyone an update on what’s changing in the oil & gas industry and the pro’s and con’s of what’s happening in the news. A lot of the oil & gas companies have slowed down their exploration and leasing in the last few months, primarily due to Chesapeake’s financial issues and Governor Kasich’s proposed severance tax increases. Mr. Emens anticipates seeing oil & gas activity picking up in the 1st quarter of 2013. Also, oil & gas companies are required to provide their “Production Reports” to the ODNR by March 30th. At the meeting, an extension form was passed out to extend the contract with Mr. Emens and the Landowners group from September 30, 2012 to April 30, 2013. Please sign & return this extension at your earliest convenience. Also, the CCLG’s maps were displayed for members to view at the meeting. The maps are also available to be viewed at the CCLG office at Endsley Agency at 433 Walnut Street.
The group was reminded to continue to talk to neighbors & friends, as even though the “open enrollment” date is up (and until further notice) the group is still taking contiguous acreage and large acreage that benefits the group as a whole. Please refer any prospective members to Larry Endsley or Todd Endsley. Sean Jacobs with Emens & Wolper also presented on easements & lease procurement procedures. His presentation is available on the website under Gas & Shale info-Downloads.
Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday September 19th at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center.
The Lease has been approved!
The ballots have been counted, and the lease has been approved unanimously by the members of the Coshocton County Landowners Group. Thank you for taking time to send in your ballot. We are entering into a contract with Diversified Engineering out of New Philadelphia to prepare the township maps for the group. The maps should be completed within approximately 2 weeks. Once receiving the maps, Mr. Emens will send out requests for bids or offers to multiple oil & gas companies. Once we have receive back these bids, we will attempt to let everyone know by phone, email, or mail to schedule the next meeting. At this point, we are not planning on having the July meeting, as we don’t expect to have too much to cover on the agenda. We will let everyone know the date of the next meeting, most likely in the first few weeks of August.
We recognize that it will still make sense to take new acreage that benefits the group, ie, contiguous acreage or large parcels of land. After the June 13th meeting and until further notice, we will continue to accept acreage that benefits the group as a whole. At some point once a deal has been presented to the Oil & Gas company, additional acreage will be at the discretion of the Oil & Gas company.
June 13th Meeting
The membership of the CCLG reviewed the revised landowners lease in detail with the attorney, Richard Emens. Mr. Emens went over 6 changes to the lease requested by the members of the group & 7 other minor changes to the lease. The membership of the CCLG is currently voting and ballots are due by June 20th, 5pm. Please email, fax, mail, or drop off your ballot.
The Open Enrollment period of the Coshocton County Landowners Group will be ending once the ballot is approved on June 20th (assuming a yes vote). If you have not yet enrolled your acreage, please sign up prior to June 20th. We recognize that it will still make sense to take new acreage that benefits the group, ie, contiguous acreage or large parcels of land. After June 20th and until further notice, we will continue to accept acreage that benefits the group as a whole. At some point once a deal has been presented to the Oil & Gas company, additional acreage will be at the discretion of the Oil & Gas company. We are currently in discussion with several professional mapping companies and receiving bids on having the group’s acreage mapped. Also, Mr. Emens will begin sending out requests for bids to the Oil & Gas companies once the lease is approved.
NOTICE - CCLG has extended the open enrollment deadline to the next meeting on June 13th. Please send in your membership forms prior to the meeting or bring to the June 13th meeting.
Next meeting is June 13th at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center
The June 13th meeting will be the “Lease Approval” Meeting – Please come prepared to review, discuss, and vote on the group’s lease. After the lease is approved, we will finish up the mapping of the group’s acreage and start the negotiating with the Oil & Gas companies.
May 2nd meeting Notes
The CCLG has announced the group membership “cut off date” as May 31st. Please mail, email, or stop by the office prior to May 31st to sign up. Congressman Bob Gibbs spoke about Oil & Gas legislation as well as his own personal experiences with oil & gas and landowners group in Holmes County. Dale Arnold spoke about pipeline leasing. Group membership continues to grow and the CCLG has approximately 15,000 acres in Coshocton County. Also, the CCLG is excited to announce that the Tom Jackson Muskingum County Group has joined with the CCLG. This group gives the CCLG approximately 2500 acres along the Coshocton/Muskingum County borders with the majority of the acreage in Cass, Jackson, Madison, Adams, & Monroe Townships.
April 4th Meeting Notes
Mark Wilson from Land Stewards spoke about land reclamation & restoration after the drilling process as well as water testing procedures. A copy of Mark’s presentation is online for you to view. Membership is continuing to grow as landowners are signing up. Stop by the office at Endsley Agency to sign up or mail in your membership form.
Next meeting is Wednesday May 2nd at 6pm at the Coshocton County Career Center. Representative Bob Gibbs, US House of Representatives, will be speaking about Oil & Gas legislature. Dale Arnold from Ohio Farm Bureau will be speaking on pipeline leasing.
February 29th meeting notes
Bea Wolper from Emens & Wolper Law Firm and Bill Owens from Owens & Manning both spoke on the importance of estate planning & tax planning. Bea spoke about several different types of trusts and different ways to plan ahead for future oil & gas income. Bill also spoke about estate planning and also about his experience in the local community.
The membership drive is well under way and we are definitely growing! If you haven't turned in your membership form yet, please drop off at the office, email, fax, or mail. The more acreage the group has, the better! Call Larry or Todd if you want to set up an appointment to go over the membership form.
Update as of February 16, 2012
The membership drive is now in full force. We have had quite a few members come in during the township signup days. If you have not already signed up with the group, please call to schedule an appointment or stop by the office -Endsley Agency, 433 Walnut Street, Coshocton, OH 43812. In an effort to make things simpler, bring a copy of your tax summary (rather than your deed). The tax summary will have the owner’s name, acreage, and parcel #’s.
February 2nd meeting notes
Coshocton County Landowners Group had it’s third monthly meeting with over 300 people in attendance. Rhonda Reda with the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) gave a very informative presentation on the oil & gas industry and also spoke in depth about the drilling process & hydraulic fracturing. Chris Sycks, Coshocton County Auditor also spoke regarding the “Top Five Taxpayer Questions.” These questions revolved around how the oil & gas industry and the drilling process could affect your property taxes, CAUV, and property values.
Sign up sheets are now available to formally join the group. The Sign-up sheets are available online or at Endsley Agency. Feel free to contact Larry or Todd with questions regarding these sheets. We have had numerous landowners bringing in their sheets and the acreage is starting to build up. Let's keep this momentum going!
Update as of 1/13/12
Mr. Emens has prepared the preliminary lease for the group to begin reviewing. It is currently available at Endsley Agency if you would like to review it, or email Todd requesting a copy.
January 4th Meeting Notes
The Coshocton County Landowners Group held their 2nd meeting at the Coshocton County Career Center with once again a great turnout of 300 plus people. Gene Chini from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources gave an interesting presentation on the rules, regulations, and permitting process for the horizontal wells and gave an overview of the well activity in Ohio over the last year. Dick Emens spoke about favorable lease terms that you WANT in your lease.
The CCLG is planning on forming an advisory committee of other interested landowners in Coshocton County to help advise our group and provide a broader perspective of the wants & needs of the entire county. Please contact Larry or Todd if interested. All Landowners are needed to help recruit family, friends, and neighbors to help the group grow...the more contiguous acres, the better!