Unless you own the rights to the oil and gas below you (the mineral estate), expect drilling to significantly decrease your property value. Whether it is 24/7 truck traffic, dust, noise, or lights, drilling and extraction has significant impacts on the people who live near it. These “split estate” landowners, who own the surface rights but not the minerals below them, generally have very little say in what development looks like on their farm, ranch, or home.

Below are stories about people living with impacts on their property from oil and gas development.

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