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11:10 am
Fri December 12, 2003

Split Estate Bill To Be Debated

Laramie, Wy – On Monday, The legislatures Joint Judiciary Committee will try and agree to a bill that tries to address problems created when private landowners and mineral owners battle over access. Senator John Hanes says the committee has tried to focus on mediation over disagreements, with some teeth so that both mineral developers and landowners follow the rules. Hanes says the committee will consider four versions of a so called split estate bill. Hanes adds that they want a bill that includes notification to a landowner that a developer wants to come on their property, a provision for penalties and something that encourages mediation. Hanes believes they will have a bill they can take to the legislature this session. He says a group of ag and mineral interests have gotten together to try and iron out differences.