1960 opinion cost DeWitt County $8.8 million

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An obscure Texas Attorney General opinion issued in 1960 has cost DeWitt County about $8.8 million since the Eagle Ford Shale drilling began three years ago.
That is the argument presented by County Judge Daryl Fowler and Dewitt County Commissioners Court.
About 54 years ago Kleburg County asked the state if it could lease some of its right-of-way for oil and gas exploration. An attorney general’s opinion said any money realized from a lease belongs to the state.
Judge Fowler is asking other counties in the shale-play to support new legislation to get that lease money to the counties that own the land.
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