An Eastern Ohio college is vying to become the first in the state to offer oil and gas landman certification, according to a recent report by the Marietta Times.
The new major offered by Marietta College titled Land and Energy Management is being launched to give students an alternative to its well-respected petroleum engineering program. Oil and gas landmen hold multiple responsibilities, but deal primarily with determining who has mineral right ownership and the negotiating of mineral right leases with landowners.
The college, located in Washington County, is set in a prime location south of the booming drilling activity in Ohio’s Utica shale region. The new major has already surpassed enrollment expectations and currently has about 40 students enrolled in the program, most of them freshman.
Jackie Runion reports:
“We wanted to leverage the strength of our petroleum engineering program, and we wanted it for students who didn’t make it into our petroleum engineering program,” said Ron Patterson, Marietta College’s new vice president for enrollment services. “It’s exceeded our expectations and we think we’ll be able to go forward with it next year, too.”
The program incorporates various subjects including business, economics, marketing, geology, environmental science, energy law and communications to educate students on how to work as intermediaries between landowners and oil and gas operators. The program is currently in the process becoming accredited by the American Association for Professional Landmen, which has granted accreditation to 10 schools across the nation, including the adjacent Penn State and West Virginia University.