Jan 30th: Speak up for Texans’ fracking property rights

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Tell the Texas Railroad Commission not to railroad Texan’s property rights

Come to the public hearing on January 30th


Dear Sharon,

Lightning storm over the Santa Rita Mountains. Photo: Tom Vezo, photomigrations.com
Where are Texans’ property rights going?

Last week we sent an alert, urging you to send a letter to the Railroad Commission telling them not to railroad Texans’ property rights via new rules for the Mineral Interest Pooling Act (MIPA) – the law that authorizes forced pooling.

If you haven’t done so, it’s not too late to send a letter.

But even better than sending a letter, come say your piece in person.

WHAT: Railroad Commission hearing to consider whether to proceed with new forced pooling rules under MIPA

WHEN: January 30th at 9am

William B. Travis State Office Building, Room 1-111
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX

WHY: The reason the TRC is considering the rules now? Among other things, they want to legitimize railroading (hah!) small landowners — who want no part of production/leasing — into not just drilling, but PAYING for the drilling they don’t want. If the well isn’t profitable, new rules could wind up losing landowners money.

Thank you!

Sharon Wilson, Gulf Regional Organizer

P.S. If you haven’t yet sent a letter to the Commission, click here to do so before you get railroaded.

About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. Greg Hughes says

    There have been far more Rule 37 Exemption cases, which simply confiscate gas with NO compensation, than MIPAs. The RR Commission is dealing with the wrong issue.

  2. Anonomous says

    This is typical of the RRC. The peasants have spoken via your excelent site and e-mail to the RRC. BUT, they(the RRC) now are REQUIRING the peasants to come to Austin to make legal spoken and written words to the RRC to OFFICIALLY make their wishes noted. This is a very onious requirement because, for instance, there is no parking available. Lots of other expenses are required by the peasants. And, then the meeting might be dealyed for a day or so–and you will have to stay another day or two–have seen this happen before. If you like the RRC, you are misinformed.