on Texans’ property rights
Under Rule 37, the Texas Railroad Commission allows minerals you own to be taken from you — even if you do not lease them.
Intended to allow drilling in certain limited cases where the mineral owner can’t be found, it’s a bad idea as it stands.
The Railroad Commisson wants to make it worse.
It has tentatively approved a change to Rule 37 that would allow a driller to take your minerals, without your consent or payment, so long as they notify you after the fact.
Obviously (to everyone except the Commission) this violates a number of bedrock American principles, like the right of a citizen to be compensated for takings of property.
As a mineral owner, at a minimum you should have the right to:
- Decide when/if you want to lease your minerals
- Decide who to lease your minerals to
- Defend your decisions in court
EARTHWORKS’ Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project Organzier
- Go to the action page.
- Go to page bottom and enter your zip code to verify your Texas residency.
- Read the sample letter that appears and edit it if possible. Customized letters have greater impact.
- Click “Send My Message” to fax your letter to the Texas Railroad Commission.
- For more information, go to the action page.
- NOTE: only Texans can take action