BISMARCK — Landowners and mineral producers should be able to settle their disputes easier with three bills Republican lawmakers say will create a benchmark for other states to look to when it comes to oil and gas development.
Myron Hanson, whose family has farmed in Bottineau and Williams counties for more than a century, will go to Bismarck next month to lobby the North Dakota Legislature, appealing for tighter regulations on energy companies’ access to and use of their land during development.
Since 2003, landowners who own the surface rights to their property, but not the mineral rights, have had the right to claim any minerals rights deemed abandoned if nothing has been done with them for 20 years.
February 08, 2009
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