Split-Estate Bill Amended

Lander, WY – An interim legislative committee has amended a split-estate bill by giving stronger standing to landowners who don't have title to the mineral rights below their land. The Joint Judiciary Committee took the action Friday in Lander despite warnings from members of another legislative committee not to make changes to the delicately crafted bill. Under the measure, oil and gas comapnies would have to notify surface owners of what they're going to do on the land and when they're going to to do it. There are no such legal requirements in Wyoming to do that at present.