Workshops

Workshop Announcement:
Unpaid Royalties and Damaged Lands: Answering Questions

Date:
Nov. 20, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:
United Tribes Technical College Science and Technology Center
Rooms 231 and 232
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

Price:
Free, but space is limited. Please RSVP @ 701-212-1000

The workshop will help mineral and surface owners identify unpaid royalties and find remedies for land contamination

The Dooley Law Office and Salted Lands Council are sponsoring a workshop for mineral and surface owners on Nov. 20, 2015. The free, day-long workshop, entitled Unpaid Royalties and Damaged Lands: Answering Royalty and Surface Owners' Questions , aims to help mineral owners enforce proper accounting upon producers and improve your next surface and mineral leases.

"Many surface and mineral owners don't fully understand their contracts, whether their royalty payments are correct or how our state's constitution and statutes protect their property.

"We're gathering a team of experts that will tell them how to protect themselves. We'll provide practical solutions for surface estate owners whose land, water and air are endangered by contamination."

The workshop will feature a presentation by Mary Ellen Denomy, a CPA and nationally renowned fraud prevention expert who specializes in identifying unpaid royalties and reversing excessive charges. In Colorado, Ms Denomy collaborated with attorneys to find more than $180 million of underpaid royalties due to mineral owners. She assisted the Northern Ute Tribe and helped individuals secure unpaid royalties, and also has trained individuals how to spot and prevent fraud.

Landowners with concerns about water and land contamination caused by salt water spills and pipe line breaks may attend a session led by Bismarck attorney Fintan Dooley. Mr. Dooley was involved in North Dakota's leading water law case. He has worked with owners of contaminated land in North Dakota. He has worked the state officials in Oklahoma and Louisiana litigator, J. Michael Veron, who won $70 million against Shell Oil and recovered $35 million.

Dooley says, "Mr. Veron has agreed to appear by Skype or conference call. He will answer surface owners questions."

Panel: The workshop will include a panel of North Dakota landowners who have navigated the emotional and financial stresses of litigation and achieved respectable outcomes.

Panelist Daryl Peterson of Antler is currently engaged in litigation with the State of North Dakota and Petro Harvester. Donny Nelson of Keene, another panelist, speaks for a family which has contended with land contamination for more than 50 years. In 2014 , a third panelist, Greg Tank, won a North Dakota Supreme Court case, Tank V. Citation Oil and Gas proving he was underpaid and overcharged millions for participation expenses on his oil wells.

Workshop attendees will learn how to use an Excel program on their personal computer to understand corporate production reports provided by developers.

The program will help individuals identify errors or deficiencies in the monthly salt water disposal well and oil and gas production reports.

Who should attend: Mineral owners, royalty owners, surface owners, science and business students interested in stewardship of new oil wealth and restoration of land and water.

Where: United Tribe Technical College of Bismarck is hosting the event at their Environmental Science Center.

Event sponsor: Attorney Fintan Dooley

RSVP: Attendees are urged to RSVP for the event. Mr. Dooley says, "We have room for 50. Attendees encouraged to schedule one-on-one meetings with Ms Denomy through the Dooley Law Office at 701-212-1000 or to Chad Anderson at 701-354-9000."

Questions: Ms Denomy requests attendees to send their questions and documents (leases, royalty and participation reports) well in advance of the workshop to findooley@gmail.com.

About Fintan Dooley
Attorney Fintan Dooley has practiced law in Bismarck, ND for more than 25 years. He drafted the pleadings and wrote the briefs that led to the North Dakota Supreme Court decision that established North Dakota water is Public Trust Property. His practice includes chemical exposure cases and wrongful death in the oil patch.

An article that Dooley and Paul Neilan , a Chicago energy lawyer coauthored on salt water spills in North Dakota, "Salt of the Earth," was published in the fall 2014 issue of International Energy Law Journal.

Dooley studied range land management , botany and chemistry. He has worked on drilling rigs in American oilfields on and offshore. He has studied the oil industry in Nigeria and Kazakhstan.

Dooley is licensed to practice law in North Dakota and Wisconsin.

About the Salted Lands Council
The Salted Lands Council's mission is to prompt comprehensive remediation and enable that process either by legislation or litigation. Visit saltedlands.org for more information. Individuals with photos and stories to share are encouraged to send them to the Salted Lands Coordinator , Fintan Dooley at findooley@gmail.com .