What Happens to Landmen During a Severe Downturn?

landmanLandmen, the people on the front lines interfacing between drillers and landowners, are facing tough times. With the slowdown in drilling has come a slowdown in leasing, or re-leasing. Landmen are the guys and gals who perform that duty–and many of them are now doing other jobs, waiting and hoping for the next upturn in the industry. Here’s the story and perspective of one landman who has been in the business for the last 37 years, through five different up and down cycles. Most recently he worked as a landman for Noble Energy–until he was laid off 1.5 years ago…

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