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Richard Cain, West Virginia Man, Wants Supreme Court To Rule In Gas Case

Huffington Post -- CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Marion County man wants the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a lawsuit aimed at stopping an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary from sinking as many as 18 wells on his land to reach his neighbors' gas.

Richard Cain, a 61-year-old farmer, filed a motion in Clarksburg this week, asking U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley to certify a question for the state justices. If she declines, he wants her to grant a judgment on his behalf and issue an order permanently barring XTO Energy from trespassing.

Cain concedes he doesn't own the rights to oil, gas and minerals under his 105 acres. But he argues that a 1907 deed at the center of the case never envisioned such extensive surface disruption.

XTO Energy plans to use about 36 acres to site wells. Cain contends that


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 6:58:27 AM

Good luck sorting this out...
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FuelBarge
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 8:52:05 AM

Sound like he is going to lose.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 8:47:51 AM

Hmmmm...The guy took $63,000 from XTO, how is this "stealing his land" NHL???
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remay
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 5:50:26 AM

Interesting dilemma...
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 10:48:57 PM


Good luck to Mr. Cain and his family as Exxon makes a land grab on his property. Exxon steals his land to access the gas on the adjoining property. It is just incredible that Big Oil can get away with this in so many states where it has been legalized. How can any state grant eminent domain rights to corporations?????????????????
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 10:22:19 PM


Thanks for all of your great comments!
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 5:17:27 PM

I wish him and the other citizens the best to maintain their rights in these times of corporate takeovers.
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Cheepo
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 12:24:28 PM

They can drill on my land and give me the royalties!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 12:14:05 PM

Love BIG OIL.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 10:38:07 AM

Sounds like a mess
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:53:28 AM

It will be interesting to see how this turns out.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:33:31 AM

i wish you the best of luck
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:22:12 AM

Ok
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stopforgas
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:12:42 AM

Good luck getting the Supremely Perverse Court to support you.
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chvytruk
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:53:40 AM

This country has the finest justice system money can buy, and if you have the money, you can buy the justice.

Guess which end of the stick Cain will be holding.
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melvindale
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:47:16 AM

If the oil were under his land, clearly they have a right, but only to a reasonable drill site - not all the valuable land, leaving nothing but steep hillsides.

But the oil is under his neighbors property. Clearly they have no right. They either need to negotiate a lease or a price to buy the land outright. Since they tried to rob him, he is not going to give them a fair price, but they brought that on themselves.

If the court decides otherwise, look at the justices financials to see where they were paid off by the oil company.

Its just common sense.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:43:49 AM

Cain, or a previous owner, made a deal with the devil ... and now he wants out.
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Old Timer
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:43:42 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:42:54 AM

Nothing like the legal system.
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QualTekGuy
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:40:18 AM

Why do they have to drill on his land to get his neighbors' gas?
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chvytruk
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:39:22 AM

"Does this guy have a right to control his own property or not? ~dopster" 9:23
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NO!
Kelo vs. New London, 2005
http://civilliberty.about.com/od/freetradeopenmarkets/p/kelovlondon.htm
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LoadToad
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:39:20 AM

A pipeline is one thing, but wells are something else.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:37:24 AM

Drill, baby, drill ...

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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:33:27 AM

ok
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:32:04 AM

Details from this AP release are very short.

Here's a little bit more from the US District Court case in April 2012...

XTO has already paid Cain $63,000 for the right to transport gas across his property.

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snarkysmarko
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:30:51 AM

Get over it, man.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:28:44 AM

Farmer getting greedy, expecting a bumper crop all the time.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:28:03 AM

Not the use spelled out in the easement.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:27:44 AM

Did they low ball him on the easements and now he wants more money? I don't think the oil company explained the process very well before they got him to sign.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:27:18 AM

If this guy owns the land, he also owns everything below the land also.
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ag4ever
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:27:05 AM

If he did not want wells on his land then he should not have sold the mineral rights. If they were already sold, then he knew going in that he did not own the mineral rights and wells could be drilled.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:26:39 AM

We all have opinions regarding gas...
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:26:01 AM

I agree with the farmer in this case
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:25:32 AM

They paid for passage only. If they want to pull stuff out of the ground they need to compensate him accordingly!!!
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RetFireLT
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:25:30 AM

How is a lease that gives them the right to transport stuff across his land give them the right to what is under it? Also, why don't they set up on the neighbor's land to get to the gas since that is where they say it is? I'll bet Cain and his neighbor are feuding.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:25:12 AM


What next? Good money for the Lawyers.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:25:08 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:24:28 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:23:52 AM

another huffing and puffing post story. Not real news.
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dopster
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:23:40 AM

Does this guy have a right to control his own property or not?
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:23:22 AM

One poor farmer vs. Big Oil. Once he may have had a chance, but in this world of Big Brother....
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22:57 AM

ok.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22:35 AM

go get the big guys
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22:18 AM

Good luck with this ruling. Maybe they should go see Judge Judy.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22:08 AM

It's a shame but you are probably right the3rd.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22:08 AM

yikes! he needs a bigger share
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:21:55 AM

good.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:21:54 AM

A landowner should have some rights!
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:20:46 AM

Interesting case.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:19:53 AM

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