History of the Northern Appalachian Landman's Association
The time was the Summer of 2004. The hottest play in the northern portion of the Appalachian Basin was the Trenton/Black River (TBR) horizontal play. Landmen were busy buying leases, clearing titles and negotiating deals, yet there was one crucial piece of the puzzle missing. There was no association that the young or older more experienced Landmen could affiliate with in the region to stay current with oil and gas education. The timing was right for the formation of just such an organization.
In August 2004, a group of 14 independent and company landmen and one attorney working in the northern Appalachian Basin met at The Old Library in Olean, New York to begin laying the groundwork for what was to become The Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association (NALA). From its humble beginnings holding dinner meetings throughout the Southern Tier of New York and the northern portions of Pennsylvania through today, NALA has grown to around a membership of 500 company and independent Landmen, title abstractors and attorneys whose main purpose is to assemble, network, share ideas and lobby state legislators relative to the oil and gas extraction industry.
Education is the cornerstone of the association and many of the meetings are centered around a central oil and gas land- oriented theme of regional interest that appeals to the broad membership base.
With the shift in emphasis in the northern Appalachian Basin region to the Marcellus Gas horizontal drilling throughout our region, it has become apparent that the genesis of NALA could not have been timed any better than it was. Today, the Marcellus reigns as the hottest resource play in the country and with many professional landmen now moving up to our region from other portions of the country and from other resource plays, it is now more critical than ever that we continue to revert to our cornerstone of education to keep the newer as well as the older more experienced landmen up to date on current oil and gas and state related legislative issues. NALA is today more relevant than when it was founded and going forward will continue to be the sounding board and the place to gather to learn, share ideas and network within the oil and gas land community throughout the northern Appalachian Basin.
NALA is today and has since its founding been truly “the voice of the Marcellus Landman.”