Split estate in the Southeast
Wyoming – Oil and gas booms are nothing new to Wyoming - and neither is the idea of split estate. A single piece of land can have two different owners. One owns the surface, while the mineral owner holds everything below. In places that haven't seen a lot of energy development, it can be a shock to surface owners to find out that an oil company is thinking about drilling on their property. And that's what's happening in Laramie County. As exploration picks up in the Niobrara Shale, homeowners are getting organized. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story.