Minerals

Energen Moves Into the Permian Basin

Birmingham-based Energen Corp. (EGN) announced the purchase of more than 40,000 acres in West Texas from SandRidge Energy (SD) in Loving, Reeves, Ward, and Winkler counties. Energen says it has identified 62 potential drilling sites in the 3rd Bone Spring

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Posted in Minerals, Regional News, South, Texas

Adults Only – The New Interior Department Reality Show

Update: In a report to Congress on September 24, the Department of the Interior confirmed that the controversial Royalty in Kind Program will be phased out this Thursday, September 30. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEM)

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, News Desk, Timber

Crossing the Divide with Al Biernat

When it came to the Colorado hamlet of Creede, it was love at first sight for Dallas restaurateur Al Biernat (standing front and center with wife Jeannie and writer Trey Garrison). And what’s not to love about Creede? Nestled among

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Posted in Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Minerals, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, Water, West

Northeastern Landowners Get $165M For Natural Gas Rights

A coalition of landowners in one of the country’s emerging natural gas hot spots has reached an agreement to lease 30,000 acres to Fortuna Energy for natural gas drilling rights. The $165-million, five-year deal for Marcellus Shale drilling rights comes out

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Minerals, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, Topics

Interior Department Investigates Renewable Energy Speculators

Remember the Interior Department’s ongoing investigation into possible abuses of the Royalty-in-Kind program? Now the department’s Inspector General has started to look into possible abuses by companies seeking to develop renewable energies on BLM land. Three years ago, BLM received six applications

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, West

Foreign Investors Own Major Stake in Maine

Foreign investors own an interest in 21.2 million acres of U.S. forest and farmland, an amount that equates to just under 1 percent of all the land in the U.S. Every one of the 50 states as well as Puerto

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Minerals, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, Regional News, Texas, Timber, Topics, West

Obama to Nominate Salazar for Interior

Landowners in the West will have one of their own heading up the Interior Department in the new Obama Administration. According to published reports, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) will be named the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, Public Land, Timber, Water

Brazil to Issue Deeds to Thousands of Landowners in the Amazon Basin

Brazilians have long feared that foreigners were exploiting great expanses of the Amazon River Basin, a story we covered earlier this year when the Brazilian government began to investigate unlawful land sales to overseas interests. Now the country has established

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Hunting, International, Minerals, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, Water

North Dakota Bucks the Recession

The rest of the U.S. may have fallen into a recession, but at the north end of the Great Plains a robust economy and a tight labor supply is keeping North Dakota humming. Unemployment rate? Holding steady at 3.4 percent. New

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Minerals, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics

Chesapeake Gets $3+ Billion Injection for Marcellus Shale

So the bottom has fallen out of the energy markets and commodity prices are dropping even lower. Next step? Time to welcome the overseas investors. Remember, folks, we’ve got trillions of dollars of assets tied up in land, and all

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Midwest, Minerals, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, South, Topics

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