Wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday.

As we take time to celebrate the Fourth of July this coming Saturday, let us pause and remember what incredible freedoms we have in the United States.

Property protections & Ordinance update -

HSLA Staff Attorney Walter Johnson has been one of the first to receive the recent City Ordinance documentation for property and environmental protection and will be sending out his review, opinion and appraisal of these important rulings for the benefit of HSLA Membership. We remind you that it is crucial that all landowners take the time to familiarize themselves with the law and what will be submitted to govern current and future shale drilling activities.

We will continue to inform you of these new developments and what they ultimately mean for you.

Quick Leasing News -

The news may not report it, but there are still a few leases being taken throughout the play. We have seen a few more reasonable offers being made in areas where various companies such as Chesapeake already had a significant lease base. That means these "fill in" leases are still possible to landowners in those areas of coverage.

IMPORTANT: Let us know if you are approached to sign a lease so that we can negotiate and work to get the terms and conditions that you deserve. Not only are protections very critical, but transportation costs, surface damage provisions and various depth limitations are very critical to your future land value.

If you are approached about a lease, immediately contact any HSLA Staff member via phone or in writing. If you have access to email and need to contact the HSLA for this purpose: [email protected]

Pickens Watch -

It is a few days shy of the One Year anniversary of the Pickens Plan.

On July 8, 2008 T. Boone Pickens raised up an army that set themselves to the task of changing the American Energy landscape - and change it they have.

Our congratulations go out to T. Boone Pickens and his leaders who have worked continually to push on Washington for a strong and viable energy plan that includes Natural Gas.

The HSLA supports T. Boone Pickens and his efforts. Show YOUR support for the Pickens Plan - visit www.pickensplan.com today and get involved.

Click here to view the video announcement for the 1 Year Pickens Plan Anniversary.

More players are coming to town; Exco to open Haynesville Shale office -

Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-based oil and natural gas company Exco Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO) will officially open a new field office in the Haynesville Shale on Friday and will break ground on a new Haynesville Shale gas gathering and treating facility in Louisiana to accommodate all of the work the company is doing in the gas-rich shale. The new field office is in Grand Cane, La., about 30 miles south of Shreveport.

Exco Resources has nine horizontal wells and eight vertical wells drilled and completed in the Haynesville shale play, the company said Tuesday. Exco intends to complete 21 more horizontal wells by the end of this year.

“We are very excited about the success we have achieved in the Haynesville Shale and have committed over two-thirds of our 2009 drilling and completion budget to continue developing the 85,000 net acres we have in the play,” said Doug Miller, chairman and CEO of EXCO Resources. “In addition to our production and development plans, we are committed to spend over $100 million in 2009 on our midstream business to add treating capability and throughput capacity in excess of 500 million cubic feet of natural gas per day by early 2010 in our Haynesville shale area.”

The next HSLA Meeting -

The next HSLA Public Meeting will be scheduled for July 30, 7PM (Downstairs) at the American Legion Hall located at 5315 South Lakeshore Drive in Shreveport, LA‎. (318) 635-8186. We hope to see you there!

Wrapping up

If you haven't already joined, right now is a great time to do just that. We have not stopped holding meetings to educate our friends and neighbors about better leasing in the Haynesville Shale. We also have not stopped informing or helping members get their important mineral rights questions answered nor have we stopped working to get the best lease we can - for the best price. Our mission, purpose and goals remain the same - since day one.

The HSLA was founded and is operated by local landowners FOR local landowners. We live here, just like you. We do not charge for our meetings; in fact, we're the only Association who has held meetings open to the public - consistently and without a charge - since our first meeting on May 20, 2008.

The Difference.

Do you know what the difference is between the landowner who gets $10,000.00 per acre and the guy who only got $400.00? The only difference is information! So come get some of our information - today. Don't let a lack of information result in a poor negotiation for your land.

Until next time - we'll see you in the shale.

HSLA Staff

(Staff Attorney) Mailing Address:
4300 Youree Drive, Suite 315
Shreveport, LA 71105