Picture this: You buy a place in the country with a few acres where your kids can roam, raise animals and commune with nature. Or you buy a place in town where you can raise your family surrounded by a community with many options. You work hard, make some improvements, sacrifice to make your mortgage payments and pay your property taxes. You’re proud that you own a home. But, what do you really own?
One day the bulldozers, trucks, heavy machinery and drilling rig shows up. If you ever wonder what that might look like, here ya go:
From the comments:
greenfrog said… I met with Colin Lineberry and Carrizo Oil & Gas last February for an “informal” meeting to see if we could work out our problems. Carrizo assumed a pad site that is elevated 6 feet above my back property line & is about 254′ from my back door. We live adjacent to a creek & 100 year flood plane. The pad re-directed storm run-off & is flooding my home & neighborhood. Mr. Lineberry told my neighbor & me that the 200′ set back rule is out dated & was put in place for vertical drilling, not horizontal. We have got to call & write our state reps & the Texas RRC to get this changed. We are not in city limits & are working to get uniform reasonable set backs for everyone, not just people living in city limits. Operators flock to the ETJ & plop rigs down on top of homes out here. The drilling mud fumes are horrible. we have had two hearings so far on the Denton County Whitespot well, have spent thousands in attorney fees just to protect our home & mineral rights. Look up the well & see how many times Carrizo has changed their P-12 and acreage,it has set a record at the RRC.
If we’re going to drill up all of Texas, let’s try to Drill Right! Texans 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).