Lee County records reveal who owns rights to drill for natural gas
Kenneth Alexander and Mary Edwards bought more than 100 acres in pastoral Lee County in the mid-1990s on former Weyerhaeuser Corp. timberland. The property deed didn’t include some obscure “mineral rights,” but that made no impression on the couple at the time.
Alexander and Edwards are among scores of residents in Lee County who are learning that they won’t have any say – or significant financial gain – if fracking takes place below their properties.
Lee County officials this month released detailed property data revealing who owns the mineral rights to extract natural gas or other buried resources. The data shows that the owners of 365 parcels, on about 12 square miles, do not own the rights to drill or mine under their land. Many of them are concentrated in the northwestern gas-rich section of the county.
Alexander was stunned to learn last week that in 2010, Weyerhaeuser leased its mineral rights to an energy exploration company, granting rights to drill and frack for natural gas under his land.
this has happened before in many other states, in NC count on this too. Not really a surprise, but a real and present danger. That is why we need to join in educating about the in and outs of this.
Love, Peace and Shelter. lmsp