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Baca refuge open for drilling?

On the front page news of the Denver Post this morning – “Baca refuge open for drilling?

A Canadian energy exploration company plans to drill natural gas test wells on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Great Sand Dunes National Park complex. San Luis Valley residents are outraged that the 92,000-acre refuge, recently acquired by taxpayers for $33 million to protect groundwater, delicate habitats and migratory birds, could now be open to drilling.”

The Canadian company, Lexam Energy Exploration, was the owner of the land before the company sold it to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District for creation of the refuge. Lexam has the right to drill since they still hold 100 percent of the mineral rights.

To find out more about mineral rights and how it pertains to your ranch property, contact the Mirr Ranch Group.

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