The Cow, The Lease Road, and The Sheriff (Part 1)

Back when I was a younger, less experienced (dumb) landman I had an encounter with The Cow. A lot of you reading this instantly know what cow I’m referring to. It’s that motherfucking scrawny piece of shit cow that had the dumb luck (or common sense, since we’re talking about The Cow) to take its …

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Seismic Permitting

This is a Repost from December 2, 2013, which originally appeared on, written by TheNutShale The People Let’s talk about seismic permitting, especially seismic permitting in an urban environment. Probably one of the best jobs on earth, good pay, healthy exercise each day walking the neighborhoods and flexible working hours as you decide how …

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Overnight Millionaires [Archives] [Repost from July 10, 2013]

Since the discovery of oil as an energy source (as opposed to a lighting product), mineral owners in oil rich areas have been making fortunes from the drilling and extraction of oil and gas. Many old families amassed fortunes from the oil business and established wealth that their children and grandchildren still possess today (read The …

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Quit Your Bitching

Quit Your Bitching Let’s not kid ourselves, when it comes to landmen, the creator broke the warranty clause in the vesting deed when he made me. I’m under no illusions that there are many landmen like me anymore, because (most of them are out of work) I actually give a fuck. Most of the guys …

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Moral Dilemma – Stuck in the Middle

Working as a surface landman presents challenges in ways I never imagined; mainly professional, but the personal challenges have been the most surprising. I am operating in a unique position where my employer (client) is paying me to maintain a working relationship with landowners. This means that I need to understand the landowners concerns, desires, …

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