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MIT has created a website to help landowners rate Landmen — the gas company representatives who get landowners to sign leases.

Reuters describes the site:

“We have a lot of information [about drilling] from the industry, and from the states,” explains Chris Csikszentmihályi, director of the Center for Future Civic Media, “but very little info from actual people who encounter the industry as regular citizens.”

The rating service is a kind of Yelp for individual Gas Company representatives.

Many landmen receive some form of positive feedback. Knowledgeable. Forthright about development plans. Others are tagged with a slew of critiques. Unethical business practices. Misinformation. Unavailable for contact.