AAPL and the Field Landman Committee Educational Seminar in East Lansing May 6, 2021

The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the Field Landman Committee will be hosting an educational seminar in East Lansing on Thursday, May 6th at the Spartan Hall of Fame Café, located at 1601 W Lake Lansing Rd East Lansing, MI 48823-7365.  The event will begin with happy hour from 5:30pm to 6:00 followed by a Barbeque Rib Buffet from 6:00pm to 6:30 pm.  The speakers will give their presentations from 6:30pm to 8:00.  The event is FREE for AAPL members and $60 for non-AAPL members, but non-AAPL members receive AAPL membership too. Registration is open and the link can be found online at michiganoilandgas.org/blog. The educational event will count for 2 CEU’s. The event will feature speakers Phillip Guerra, CPL and Chip Tokar, CPG.  


Phillip A. Guerra, CPL is the east coast land acquisition manager at ForeFront Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. He and his company develop solar projects – behind-the-meter, community solar, and wholesale solutions – across the United States and Mexico.


O&G vs. Solar: A Land Overview

This seminar will focus on the basics of what an oil & gas land professional needs to know about solar from a land perspective. You will learn about the different types of solar energy projects (e.g., ground mount, parking canopy, rooftop). You will walk through an example ground mount site for a potential community solar project in Michigan.  Additionally, this seminar will discuss the similarities and differences between acquiring acreage in oil & gas versus solar, including key lease terms and pricing.

Chip Tokar, CPG is a Professional Geologist and owner of Natural Resources Management, LLC, a geological and environmental consulting firm located in Sylvania, Ohio since 2007.  Prior to starting NRM, Chip worked as an Environmental Consultant from 1994 through 2000 and as a Mining Administrator for an aggregate mining company from 2000 to 2007 in SE Michigan and NW Ohio.   


Rocks Are Minerals Too - Working Relationships with the Landman

Mineral Rights are not only oil and gas; they include surface, underground rocks, and hard minerals too.  Chip will share information about permitting new mining operations including sand and gravel, industrial sand, limestone, and sandstone quarries.  Chip is an approved mineral valuation professional with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and will give examples of hard mineral valuation reports for both property owners as well as quarry operators.  Understanding hard mineral operations in Michigan will better serve Landmen while working in the field as in many cases it is necessary to work together.


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  • Michael Cornelius
    published this page in NEWS 2021-04-27 09:42:20 -0400
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