Have I mentioned that Texas needs a Surface Owners Protection Act (SOPA)? Oh, maybe just a few times. Well, here is another example of why we need a SOPA in Texas. This is what a 200′ setback looks like to a homeowner/landowner. The operator is XTO.
This gas well was put on Willis’ property. It takes up about 4 acres (pad & all), of a little 16 acre track on the home place. The house where the kids were raised sits right next to the property. His brother & wife are living in it & the family visits there regularly. We did NOT want them to drill it.
They put up this gas well about 230 feet from his brother’s (the home place) house. It is also about 200 feet from the house in the photo, which is his brother’s son’s home. (See the scared little dog.)
They started drilling before Christmas 08. They had to endure that horrific noise all through the Christmas Holidays.
Not only did they mess up the small track of land, they also went in and added a pipeline across it. Now, a big part of our cattle pasture is gone, there is that THING right near two houses (Home Place), and the remaining property is ruined for any future building prospects. If a family member wanted to build there, they could not because of all the crisscrossing pipelines.
The mother signed the lease back in 1972, when there was one well for every 600 acres. Now, the wells are placed 200 feet apart. The natural wooded wildlife refuge and farm land is being ruined. It is a tragedy and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
Hope somebody can figure out something to help the property owners. Thanks… From Freestone County Resident
Helen and her family live in Freestone County, Texas and I have quite a few pictures from that area to share with you.
If we’re going to drill up all of Texas, let’s try to Drill Right! Texans like Helen and her family need a Surface Owner Protection Act. The Oil and Gas Accountability Project assisted New Mexicans in passing the precedent-setting Surface Owners Protection Act (SOPA).