John Williams tells how he came to know the truth about the gas industry.
"My first experience with a natural gas company goes back to between 2005 and 2006. A landman approached me about signing a lease. I looked at what he was proposing, which, at first, sounded quite interesting. But, after reading over the lease, I decided it wasn’t for me. I was then again approached in 2007 with leasing at a higher price. This is when I thought it was time to do a little more research on what this industry was all about.
After some research on the Marcellus Shale and learning a boom was about to over take our area (Bradford County, Pennsylvania), it was time to find a responsible gas company that would work with me in adding a few addendums to the standard lease that would help me be at ease with this new found investment. It wasn’t hard to find one, because there was a landman knocking at my door every other day at that time. Most of the gas industry’s representatives seemed knowledgeable when questions were asked of them. If they were not able to answer at that time, they got back to me in a reasonable amount of time with an answer. We all know of Google and most of us have access to computers now-a-days. You would be surprised what you can find there to help you out.
It didn’t take long for the gas companies to set up shop once they had enough land leased to start their development process. Land was cleared for pads and heavy traffic initially flooded our roads. It seem as we were being invaded by outsiders from about every state in the country. I was so curious in what was going on and would talk to everyone who would give me the time to discuss what was happening in my area. All the new people I met always seem to address me as “sir” which is something I am not used to hearing in this area.