In a radio story over the weekend, Carolina Connection interviews RAFI’s Landowner Rights & Fracking Project Director James Robinson. The story highlights the current implications of mineral rights leasing, in which many North Carolina landowners have no control over whether drilling happens on their land or not.
“What is particularly concerning about it is that the mineral rights owner, even if they don’t own the surface, does have the right to access and develop those minerals, putting a drill on your property,” James says in the story.
Debbie Hall, a Lee County landowner, is also interviewed. Her home has been in her family for generations. While she owns the home and land, she does not own the rights to the minerals in the ground beneath her house.
“Nobody ever let me know that somebody else bought the mineral rights,” she said. “My fear is that […] all these children out here will never see the place as it is now.”
To listen to the entire story at Carolina Connection, click here.