April 16-20, 2018 marks a very busy week for landmen in the Permian and Delaware Basins. The PBLA did a fantastic job of hosting back-to-back industry seminars and networking events during a week that West Texas landmen fondly refer to as “Landman Spring Break.”
Landman Spring Break kicked off with PBLA’s Annual Executive Night on Tuesday, April 17th, held at the Petroleum Club in Midland. Alan Gilmer, CEO of Drillinginfo.com https://info.drillinginfo.com/speaker_post/allen-gilmer/ presented on massive US oil reserves in West Texas and how Drillinginfo serves as an invaluable resource for all landmen.
The 2018 PBLA Education Seminar followed on April 18th, a seminar that broke the record as the largest attended education event in the history of PBLA hosted events. The seminar provided 8 full hours of West Texas insight: http://www.pbla.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/March_2018.pdf. My favorite presentation was George Snell and Greg Nibert on ‘Texas and New Mexico: Title War or Peace?” Both attorneys had extensive knowledge of different title laws pertaining to New Mexico and Texas. It was extremely helpful to see a side by side review of the way things are handled so differently in the two neighboring states.
Following the Education Seminar, everyone walked over to The Bar for PBLA’s Annual Shrimp Boil. Attendees were lucky to have gorgeous Texas weather day, and it showed with over 800 attendees. As I squeezed through the crowd at this event, I ran into industry colleagues that I haven’t seen in over 10 years, proving that once again, West Texas is the place to be right now. You could feel the energy and excitement in the air as you had a beer and talked to those around you. The PBLA did such a fantastic job putting this event together.
The final event of ‘Landman Spring Break” was the PBLA Golf Tournament held at Hogan Park Golf Course. This year it was a full day event with three courses and two rounds. Another beautiful Texas day where I was lucky to assist with registration and door prizes. Everyone that attended was a winner, for this event ran smoothly and it was a great day to be outside!
All in all, Spring Break in Midland was incredible. The amount of time that went in to planning these events should be noted as wildly successful. A huge thank you Molly McAuliffe @P_B_L_A for hosting a week of smiling faces in Midland. That’s what it’s all about, making memories and new (and old) business contacts in the most active oil and gas play in the world!