|Please contact Senate Energy, Industry and Mining Committee members BEFORE 1:00 p.m. TODAY (THURSDAY) and tell them to VOTE NO on S.B. 565! This bill allows gas well drillers to enter private property, bulldoze roads, clear timber, and construct a well pad WITHOUT GETTING A WELL PERMIT!
The permit application and approval process is an important check that gives land owners a chance to at least comment on the driller’s proposed plans. Under this bill, landowners’ opportunity to negotiate with a drillers as to location, terms and conditions would disappear. They no longer would have any control over what happens to their property.
Mineral owners have certain rights to access property, but those rights need to be balanced against the rights of surface owners. The current well permit process is surface owners’ one chance to negotiate a reasonable accommodation with drillers. But under SB 565, the bulldozers could show up and much of the work could already be done before the surface owner even has a chance to participate in the legal process.
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