Well, they're apparently shut up tighter than the Taliban down there at Mansfield South United. Over the weekend, we blogged that the neighborhood group had agreed to terms with XTO Energy (based on letters XTO is sending out to property owners). No specifics on the terms or the drill site or what happens next, other than that interested property owners are to contact XTO's land agent, Permian Land Services. XTO has competition (see the previous blog post) in Grande Energy/Range Resources, which, at last we heard, was offering a $25,000-per-acre lease bonus.
Reached by email at email@example.com, Mike Phelan, Mansfield South's organizer, said he was in Australia and won't return until late April, when he will be back in touch. "G' day," he said.
Update: There's a bit of a comment string going on over at the Debbie Lane Pool web site about the MSU deal. At least one commenter professes to know all the neighborhoods that are covered by MSU. You'll have to "Join the Group" to check in on the chatter.
-- Scott Nishimura