NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
When I began farming and ranching in Central Oklahoma many decades ago, dealing with oil companies was a much different experience than you find today. At that time, it was very common to encounter operators who would ignore the rules and regulations regarding how surface owners were to be treated.
Frequently we had to spend a lot of time and energy cleaning up oil drill sites, abandoned pipelines and trash left behind by the companies once their operations were complete. From time to time we have had assistance from the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB). Today, thankfully, things have changed for the better. Today’s oil and gas companies do an outstanding job working with surface owners to make sure that they do what is right for all parties involved. I have had dealings with several operators in recent years, including Chesapeake, Devon, Newfield, Charter Oak, Triad Energy and many others.
All of them have gone out of their way to make sure that any issues that arise are quickly taken care of.
I am very pleased at how relations between oil companies and surface owners have improved over the last several decades and I feel that the public needs to be aware of the good things happening today in the oil patch.
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