As drilling in the Barnett Shale escalates, farm and ranch operators have to with the encroachment on their land. Is it a tradeoff worth making? "It's a huge subject of conversation" in agribusiness, a Texas Farm Bureau official says.
Ranchers Dick and Heidi Elkins (photo), on their property east of Eagle Mountain Lake, enjoy the benefits of being mineral rights holders. But they say they have to put up with numerous inconveniences, including pad sites, degraded views, and heavy traffic.
The story is in our annual Farm & Ranch Report. The section is also in early Sunday editions of the newspaper, available Saturday in grocery stores.
UPDATE: Click here to read the full report.
-- Scott Nishimura