Highlights of the 2012 PA/NY NARO Convention

[vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Ever wonder what it is like to be a landowner?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I got my first taste yesterday at the second annual National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) Pennsylvania/ New York Convention. And let me tell you, it’s a lot more work than you’d expect.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The conference, which was held at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA, brought together royalty owners (A.K.A. landowners) from the Pennsylvania and New York to discuss important issues, get educated and network with one another.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image css_animation=”” image=”335″ border_color=”” img_link_large=”” link=”http://cabotsusq.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/147_0402.jpg” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]So, what exactly qualifies someone as a landowner? Simply put, a landowner is a person who leases their land’s mineral rights (what’s under the topsoil) to an oil & gas company, typically for a five-year period, in exchange for compensation. The company is then free to do whatever they’d like to the land, such as drilling.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]NARO acts as a support group for the landowners. It remains the only national organization that promotes the responsibilities, rights and definitions of landowners, according to the NARO website.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]When I had the opportunity to network with the landowners at the conference, I was pleasantly surprised by how unique each person was. They each represented a different region, profession, opinion and style, which made for interesting conversation at the event. Everyone was super friendly and excited to be there, which was especially helpful to me since it was my first conference![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image css_animation=”” image=”334″ border_color=”” img_link_large=”” link=”http://cabotsusq.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/147_0403.jpg” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Besides networking with landowners and promoting our blog, I had the opportunity to attend two lectures. The first focused on oil and gas case law, a topic that is usually passed by. Penn State University Professor Ross Pifer went into detail of several popular cases that involved situations that can occur to any landowner. The presentation covered everything from equitable extension, fraudulent inducement, severed estimates and delayed rental payments, and how to handle them. Although I am not a landowner, I understood the main message from Pifer’s presentation: how important it is for a landowner to be educated on the law. You never know what kind of situations you may run into in the future! A copy of Pifer’s presentation can be found here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The next presentation was definitely a show-stopper. Irish journalist and filmmaker Ann McElhinney spoke passionately about her new documentary FrackNation, a film that aims to address truth about fracking. McElhinney said she was inspired to create the documentary in response to the 2010 anti-fracking film Gasland by Josh Fox. According to McElhinney, FrackNation features interviews landowners who have experienced fracking directly, most whom support the process.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]My favorite part of McElhinney’s presentation was when she advocated the importance of social media, especially for landowners. According to McElhinney, social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook can serve as a public forum for landowners to voice their opinions on fracking, and get the truth heard.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Here’s a clip from McElhinney’s presentation:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Needless to say, McElhinney is driven to inform people about fracking. You can learn more about her upcoming documentary, FrackNation, here![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The day concluded with a networking reception sponsored by Cabot. Although I could not attend the reception, I heard great things about it from the landowners that I met earlier in the day (apparently prime rib was served).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image css_animation=”” image=”332″ border_color=”” img_link_large=”” link=”http://cabotsusq.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/cabot.jpg” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]My overall impression of the NARO Convention was positive. I went into the conference knowing little about the industry and the types of things landowners deal with on a daily basis, and left informed (even with some new friends)![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Whether you’re directly connected with the industry or not, I think it is imperative that you get informed on what is going on in the oil and gas industry. Everyday, more and more information (and films) are released about fracking, new laws and taxes. Just like Pifer stated in his presentation, it is better to be informed and prepared about what is going on in the world before it starts to directly effect you. little about the industry and the types of factors landowners deal with on a daily basis. I pleasantly left with a few new friends and a new perspective on royalty owners.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you ever have a question, you can tweet #AskCabot  to our Twitter every Thursday, or write a message on our website![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][This post was written by Cabot Oil & Gas intern Chelsea Sweithelm][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bill desRosiers

William serves as an External Affairs Coordinator for Coterra Energy. He is focused on building community knowledge and support for our organization and industry. Before his time with Coterra, William was the original field director for Energy in Depth’s Northeast Marcellus campaign. In this capacity for two years, William worked to engage, educate and mobilize supporters of Marcellus Shale development across New York and Pennsylvania. William desRosiers received his B.S. in Management, B.A.in History and MBA from Misericordia University.

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