Definition of landman in US English:



North American
  • An agent employed by an oil or gas company to secure leases of mineral rights and land for drilling.

    ‘the landmen have already arrived to buy leases and set up what is likely to be the biggest oil and gas boom in the country’
    • ‘We have beefed up our capabilities in the field, adding 14 field personnel, including 5 drilling supervisors, a completions engineer, and several landmen.’
    • ‘Criticism has been led by Knapp, a real-life landman who also works for a pro-fracking industry group.’
    • ‘The old courthouse here is packed to the rafters day after day with oil company "landmen" (and women), whose job it is to frantically search the record books for the owners of the mineral rights to land that has become like gold.’
    • ‘He was a former oil-and-gas landman and executive.’
    • ‘What seemed an easy task becomes complicated by locals' objections and, ultimately, the landman's own crisis of conscience.’
    • ‘Half the town has gathered in the local gymnasium to discuss drilling and hear from the landmen about its benefits.’
    • ‘One of the major "landmen" - middlemen who negotiate between oystermen and oil companies - agreed that some fishermen deliberately leased bottoms in harm's way, in order to collect from the companies.’
    • ‘Gas company representatives, called landmen, woo residents by knocking on doors and holding meetings in community centers and churches.’
    • ‘Inside the courthouse, "landmen" - specialists in the often arcane art of tracking down mineral rights - sift through fading paper records to see who has the claim to what lies beneath the surrounding prairies.’
    • ‘Thousands of landowners, many of whom have already signed leases with landmen fanning out across the state, contemplate a new era of gas production.’