They’re coming to Texas to test-run the “Landman Report Card,” (LRC) which is an internet-based site that allows people to document their interactions with landmen/companies during the leasing stage. The hope for LRC is that by getting people to share their stories, others will be able to read these stories and gain a better understanding of what sort of tactics these companies use. The stories can help people know what to expect when a landman comes knocking; help connect people with the same issues; and perhaps attract attention (media) to these issues.
MIT will also demonstrate a second tool (still in the development stage), DrillWell, which is targeted more at folks already living with oil and gas facilities. The idea behind DrillWell is to document industry practices and impact (using citizen reports, links to news reports, government data, etc). The reports or events will be mapped, and searchable.
Today they are touring the area so the MIT folks can get an eyefull. I will show them around Wise and Denton Counties this afternoon.
No matter if you are a mineral owner, like me, or a surface owner, also like me, if you are concerned about any of the following LET’s HELP INCREASE OGAP’s PRESENCE IN TEXAS.
Clean, safe air and water
Depletion of water
Truck traffic and road wear
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Landman report card?? Give me a break. I call them “lying landmen”–they will say anything to get you to sign those papers!
What a fantastic program. Actual data! This is good news. I’m in the Haynesville Shale play to the east, in Louisiana. The landsharks and the fear, threats, and denigration tactics are in serious use over here.
“We’ll get you my little pretty and your little dog, too!”