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XTO Energy Destroys Man's Dream Retirement Home in Teague (Freestone Co), Texas

29 June 2007 at 5:24:16 PM

One of the regular readers sent this in, from the Franklin News Weekly, June 28, 2007. As you read this, do you think because you have deed to your land that you have full control?

Dear Editor

I purchased property in Freestone County, Texas, approx. 5 years ago and quickly learned that if you do not owned the mineral rights, in essences you do not own the land. The purpose of this letter is to warn landowners of the consequences, when landowners have or do not have mineral rights. Attached is a summary of events dealing with an energy company, and how they can controls landowner's property under the authority of a mineral lease (many dating back to the early 1900's).

Purchasing 75 acres, just outside Teague, Texas, in order to build a retirement home, have been shattered by XTO Energy. You will never meet with the same representative and each representative will tell you what he or she wants and how he or she will care for your property and not follow through once you sign a release. If you don't sign a release, doesn't matter, they will continue with their projects under the good of the mineral lease. (Examples of continuing projects and not obligated to pay damages are attached in the correspondences below). Having house plans drawn and a site picked out, my dream retirement home was destroyed when XTO constructed a pipeline, over my objections, across the site. Thanks to our State officials, with the help of energy lobbyist reducing spacing requirements, this 75 acre tract has 4 well sites, 4 pipeline right-of-ways, and numerous gravel roads by authority of the mineral lease.

As the population grows, more new landowners will be having to deal with these multi-billion dollar energy companies, who earn their profits at the landowners expense. Drive around Freestone and surrounding counties and watch new homes being constructed, it's sad for these homeowners when new well site goes up in their front yards. Legal papers might identify you as the landowner, but mineral leases identify who can use that property for any purpose they deem, above or below surface. The gate to my property is like the front door to my home and it's been knocked down by XTO for months. That's how much these energy companies think about the landowners. It's time that Local, State, and Federal representatives (not on energy companies payroll) make energy companies accountable to the landowners. XTO gave new meaning to my door is always open. Write, phone, or tell a friend that their front door could be next.


Harvey Yaw

Mongtomery, Texas

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