Lee County Mineral Rights and Oil & Gas Data Now Available Online
North Carolina’s Lee County has released detailed data revealing who owns the mineral rights to extract natural gas or other buried resources in the county.
The data is made available on Lee County’s Interactive Mapping system, a visual GIS database with information on parcels, owners, water and sewer lines, elevation, flood plain, zoning, traffic counts, school boundaries, commissioner districts, council wards, annexation history, brownfield sites, voluntary agriculture districts, sidewalks, corporate limits, historic districts, census data, soils, mineral rights, and now, oil & gas leases.
The database is a complex tool, allowing users to search by name, parcel, latitude, longitude and more.
Here are the steps to follow once you have accessed the Interactive Mapping system:
- Click on “Interactive Mapping”
- Find the “Info Layers” column to the right side of the screen.
- Directly below zoning click “Mineral Right- Oil and Gas Leases”
- See purple area on the county map in the center of the screen. These are parcels with current oil and gas leases.
If you experience difficulty searching for data contact Lee County Strategic Services via phone at 919-718-4663.
- “Lee County records reveal who owns rights to drill for natural gas”, News & Observer, February 16, 2013
- Map of Affected Areas (North Carolina)
- Forced Pooling; Can North Carolina Landowners be Forced into Signing Mineral Rights Leases?
- Forced Pooling 101- Informational video featuring RAFI’s Executive Director Scott Marlow
- Oil and Gas Leasing Education Packet (written for landowners)
- NC Attorney General’s Office Issues Landowner Protection Report (May 2012)
- House Fracking Bill Leaves Gaps in Landowner Protections (RAFI Press Release, June 2012)
- Schedule of Compulsory Pooling Study Group Meetings
- Get Involved!