South Carolina's Legislature passed an eminent domain bill with Takings provisions added on. That will weaken local governments' zoning powers, as intended. This is part of a concerted national effort by private property rights advocates and organizations who will laud this a success for free enterprise.
It must be a shock for land owners, whipped up by right wingnuts about property rights, to see that "private property" doesn't mean much if you're atop one of those mineral leases BLM is doling out.
The Bureau of Land Management's public meeting about "split estates" was covered by the Albuquerque Journal.
Industry representatives from New Mexico and Texas asked the panel of BLM administrators to leave things as they are and not put any new burdens on oil and gas companies. "The current regulations are doing an adequate job," said Dan Girand of Mack Energy in Artesia. "We come in right now behind archaeology. We come in behind the prairie chickens, lizards, dust, noise ... a great majority of proposals put us behind the surface owner."
..Behind the surface owner - whose interests are considered after the archaeology, prairie chickens, lizards, dust, and noise?
Skip Fraker of Dugan Production Corp. in Farmington said any changes that limit, restrict or delay access would be an undue burden and would decrease the value of the oil or gas lease.
Notice the deafening silence from the Right and the well-funded organizations who usually squeal and sue about property rights?
Energy companies' interests trump everything. And "split-estate issue" sounds a whole lot better than "how you and your private property rights don't mean squat." Coco