The Energy Land Management program at WVU is one of 10 programs in North America accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). The AAPL represents approximately 20,000 members nationwide and helps to support and represent the best interests of America’s energy land professionals before the public, legislators and federal administrations and agencies, to advocate for policies and practices that ensure the continued success of our nation’s energy needs.
Energy Land Managers are the key component in the successful development of energy resources. Primary job responsibilities include the determination of the ownership of surface and subsurface rights; negotiating contracts and leases; coordination of field exploration activities; serving as a liaison between lease owners and exploration/production companies; and ensuring compliance with government regulations. The knowledge and skillsets developed through the Energy Land Management program enable students to pursue careers in all aspects of the energy land management field, including oil, natural gas, coal and renewable energy sectors. Energy land managers attract high salaries with experienced land professionals earning significantly more.
A great resource has been developed by the AAPL that describes the function of Energy Land Managers. For more information on these qualities, browse the AAPL video:
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