Today a resolution was passed in Santa Fe County requiring landowners to be told before the mineral rights under, or near, their property are sold or leased by public agencies. Commissioner Paul Campos sponsored the resolution and while he admits that the county can’t force compliance he hopes it will start a “conversation.”
As a mineral rights owner who plans to sell the surface rights soon, I think this is only fair.
The source story is from yesterday but I received email notification today that the resolution passed.
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Mary Ann says
It is only fair that mineral rights owners have their say. I know that oil and minerals are in heavy demand, but that should not be a reason for companies to push their desires for more property over the wants of the property owners.