It's not tough to find property owners who've struck landmen from the ol' Christmas card list. But we haven't seen any litigation yet over alleged misrepresentations in the Barnett Shale neighborhood leasing game. (If this surfaces and we overlook it here at the S-T, we're sure somebody will tip us off.)
Might that change at some point? A couple of Dallas law firms have put up a web site, soliciting reports from people who feel they've been wronged. Called barnettshalelawsuit.com, it's a joint venture of the Rasansky Law Firm and Aldous Law Firm, both personal injury specialists.
"The discovery of the Barnett Shale natural gas field offers land owners the possibility of income based on the amount of natural gas on their property," BarnettShaleLawsuit.com says. "However, some companies may deceive land owners by having them sign oil and gas leases that are unfair, duping landowners with leases that cannot be read, offering royalty payments far below market rate, and/or defrauding landowners with numerous other types of misrepresentations."
Barnettshalelawsuit.com isn't hard to find. If you forget that, just Google "Barnett Shale lawsuits," and the site pops up No. 1. The No. 3 hit is this riff at pegasusnews.com from Barnett Shale drilling hawk Don Young:
"Every night before going to bed, I always say my prayers. For the past two years, I have repeatedly petitioned the Lord...Please, Lord, let somebody in the Barnett Shale sue somebody. Why has it taken so long?"
-- Scott Nishimura
(Photo: Jeff Rasansky, courtesy of Rasansky Law Firm)