Producers, surface landowners confront split-estate issues

As the Bureau of Land Management begins a new examination of split-estate resource management, Rocky Mountain oil and gas producers and landowners continue to grapple with problems resulting from surface and subsurface land rights being held by different parties at the state level.On Dec. 22, 2005, BLM announced its review, which is required under the 2005 Energy Policy Act. It also established a web site,, which includes instructions on submitting comments to a preliminary draft of a report that it plans to send Congress once it completes the review.The Department of the Interior agency manages 261 million acres of federally owned land, mostly in 12 western states. It als...

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