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Our opinion: Arguing over the estate

March 29, 2013

It’s known as a split estate, and it’s especially common in these parts. That’s when a surface owner doesn’t own the mineral (subsurface) rights to his or her property....

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Mar-29-13 8:31 PM

How about people who own property for personal enjoyment, to live on, to enjoy the wildlife; for any number of reasons, shouldn't they (at least) be informed of who the owner is of mineral rights under that land... be given the opportunity to purchase those rights. The reason being, they invested in those lands; probably making the largest investment of their lives in that property, it is certainly a violation of their property rights to have drilling forced upon them, destroying their property values. Property taxes fund the counties through the homes and residential properties people invest in. Industrial activities being allowed to invade neighborhoods and residential land bring property values down, destroy the peace and quiet of neighborhoods, destroy water supplies, and drive away wildlife. Oil development only benefits the developers, while costing everyone else In more ways than one. No other industry gets more breaks than the oil and gas industry.

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