We've been looking lately for land or a house that might enable us to garden more and fit our needs as a hugemongous family.
It's troubling the number of properties that have the phrase 'exclude oil/gas rights, exclude mineral rights' in the description these days. I think this happened in the past three years here in Sanpete valley.
Why is this not an issue? Why should a person or family pay ever increasing amounts of money to buy property stripped of value and rights the individual mightexercise on the land she or he owns and occupies? Why do those who rape and pillage the land and people through value speculation buy further speculative rights of minerals and energy without some sort of outcry or oversight of the people?
What has happened to us as a free people here in America?