Form 610 JOA was first presented to the American Landman Petroleum Association at the 1956 AAPL Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The AAPL officially confirmed the form at that meeting and Ross-Martin then distributed the form to several thousand customers under the name «Kraftbilt 610 Agreement.  John R. Reeves, Compendium of Cases Construing the Model Form Operating Agreements, 52 Rocky Mt. Min L. Inst. 11-1 (2006). In 1967, the AAPL made limited changes to the form and, through an agreement with Ross-Martin, the form was renamed «A.A.P.L. Form 610.»  Id.
Subsequently, in 1986, a Review Board was established to update Form 610 of 1982. The commission was made up of four compatriots and three lawyers, and the revisions were verified by ten major oil and gas companies. The final revisions were submitted to the AAPL, which was approved in 1989 and resulted in «1989 A.A.P.L. Form 610 Model Form 610″ (the «1989 Form»).  Id. Other important concepts for horizontal wells are completely absent from the 1989 form and its predecessors. These forms do not contain, for example. B, definitions such as «horizontal wells,» «lateral wells» or «vertical wells,» all of which are necessary to determine the conditions, rights and obligations applicable to both types of wells and the operation of these wells. The concept of drilling wells horizontally is not as new as one might think. The first recorded horizontal oil well was completed in Texas in 1929.  U.S. Dept.
of Energy, Drilling Sideways – A Review of Horizontal Well Technology and its Domestic Applications (April, 1993), 7th Another horizontal well was reported in Pennsylvania in 1944.  Id. However, horizontal drilling did not have a practical application in the first place. In the early 1980s, improvements in drilling equipment, materials and technologies made some limited horizontal drilling applications commercially profitable.  Id. Later, in the early 2000s, multi-level hydraulic fracturing technology had improved significantly. The combination of horizontal drilling technologies and hydraulic fracturing techniques leads to a widespread and rapid proliferation of horizontal drilling.  Archie Skalbeck, proliferation of the Oil and Gas Industry and its Effects on Agriculture in North Dakota, (2014) (Ph.D. thesis, The Colorado College). In addition, in recent decades, lawyers and compatriots have adapted the model forms for each deal to better respond to the unique circumstances of the transaction and better meet the expectations of the parties.  See Michel E. Curry, The Perfect Operating Agreement: Considerations in Drafting Changes to the Model Form JOA, 26 State Bar of Tex.
Oil Gas – Min. L. Inst. 17-1 (2008); See also Thomas A. Daily, note 28 above (with the indication that a form is just a form. A size will never suit everyone. The forms have been adapted to be adjusted. »). Since the 1989 form has been in use for approximately 25 years at the time of this document, most practitioners are in the habit of adding various additional provisions to the Section XVI form.  Michael Cooper, Austin Elam – Kim Mai, A Form for All Directions: A.A.P.L «New» 1989 Horizontal Well JOA, 2 American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources` Oil and Gas Committee Newsletter 4 (2014).