Cheyenne, WY

I’m Wayne Lax from, originally, Detroit, Michigan. We moved to Wyoming in 1999 and have been here ever since. We had no knowledge or background on split estates and mineral rights. So, when we bought our house in 2000, we bought a five-acre place near to town, and we’re happy as hell. We love it out here. We’re on top of a hill and it’s a beautiful view, the mountains and the valley around us.

Somewhere around 2010, a land man came knocking on our door and, you know, asked about doing seismic testing on our land. About the same time Paul Cook, the founder of the Cheyenne Area Landowners Coalition, had an article in the paper where he was interviewed, under same circumstance as mine about a mile up the road from where we lived.

That’s when we first were kind of pushed out our cocoon and exposed to all this oil and gas stuff.