When Big Oil talks, some people are kicked off their own property. A battle over land rights and Big Oil is winning. Without much defense, the family is in a fight over oil resources found on their property. The county sheriff served the family a restraining order to not bother the oil company working on their property.
Now their land is ruined and their drinking water is ruined. Even though the family owns the property rights, the oil company owns the mineral rights. Figure that one out.
Brookwood, AL — A Brookwood, Alabama couple is facing a fight all too familiar to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, after a Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy served them a restraining order prohibiting them from entering parts of their own property — because Big Oil wants to drill there.
Kenneth and Loretta Kennedy have battled Black Warrior Methane Corporation for years in an attempt to preserve the integrity of their land and stop crews from drilling — but this injunction forbids the couple from interfering with the company’s operations — on their own property.
According to local CBS 42, which witnessed the Kennedys being served the injunction, this battle over the 163 acres they purchased 27 years ago stretches all the way back to 2011:
“Black Warrior Methane has been working on a drilling operation beneath the Kennedys’ land, which the couple says has ruined the property that stretches across more than 100 acres.”
That drilling, they say, has ruined the property — the Kennedys used to draw water from several wells, but Black Warrior Methane’s operations have contaminated that supply.
“For 25 years, you had good drinking water,” Kenneth Kennedy, jug of murky brown water in hand, told CBS 42, “and all of a sudden it starts smelling like rotten eggs.”
As local NBC affiliate WVTM reports,
“A few months ago, he says Black Warrior Methane Corp. approached him to drill on his land to remove dangerous methane gas 2,000 feet below in an untapped coal mine.
“If the gas is not removed, it could put miners at risk and potentially cause the mine to explode, according to Kennedy, who is a retired mine worker.”
Grasping that the company had plenty of funds at its disposal — and would likely try to undercut the worth of their land — the Kennedys attempted to negotiate a reasonable price for access.
When negotiations failed, Black Warrior Methane sued the Kennedys for rights to their property, arguing it “has and holds all of the rights of way, easements, waiver of damage and permission to conduct drilling operations, and reservation of mineral and mining rights.”
Sheriff kicks family off their own property for oil…
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