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  1. If you depend on a well for your water supply, you will be responsible for taking the specialized measures that will help to keep your water safe and continuously available for cooking, washing, drinking and other purposes. Your well requires a number of preventative measures to ensure it will provide sanitary water. Here are 3 strategies to help your well system maintain good operation. 1—Avoid Contamination From Toxic Substances Property owners should take special care to ensure that chemical substances that could contaminate water not be used around well areas. Avoid the use of pesticides, fertilizers, motor oils and paint chemicals around well sites. Make sure well covers are in good repair. If you notice changes in water clarity, odor or taste, contact a well services company to investigate the problem. 2—Use Caution When Maintaining Lawn Areas Around Wells You always use care when doing routine lawn maintenance around well sites. Careless use of mowers can lead to cracks in the well casing, which can introduce bacteria into the well and may require expensive professional repair. Your well cover should be above ground level, and the ground should slope away from the well to ensure proper drainage. Avoid piling leaves, snow or other materials around the well. 3—Have Your Well Checked Periodically A checkup is as important for your well as it is for any piece of equipment you use on a daily basis. Any preventative maintenance you do will help to prevent more expensive problems in the future. A reliable water well servicing contractor, like those at Mike's Drilling, can help you with common well problems like broken pumps etc. Don’t try to do well repairs yourself. You may inadvertently introduce bacteria into the well, creating a health hazard for your family. Call in well professionals to ensure repairs are done safely and appropriately. Your well is a critical home system that requires your careful attention to ensure that it continues to provide clean, healthy water for your family’s use. Many people are not familiar with well maintenance before they purchase a home with a well, so educating yourself on the maintenance needs of this important piece of equipment is a duty every homeowner should undertake immediately. Your local well services company can help you understand the routine needs of your well system. Follow their detailed advice, and you will enjoy untroubled use of your well for many years to come.
  2. Oil spills are major environmental disasters. They can endanger wildlife, destroy ecosystems and cause serious economic damage to communities affected by them. The future of plants, animals and human beings would certainly be better if all future oil spills could be prevented. End Humanity’s Dependence on Fossil Fuels Perhaps the simplest way to end oil spills is to gradually reduce the need for oil drilling. Some headway has been made in this direction—hybrid cars that are partially powered by electricity are now available from all major auto manufacturers. Ethanol, which is created from corn, is also gaining popularity as an alternative fuel source. Overall, there are many benefits to ending dependence on oil beyond preventing oil spills. Independence from non-renewable energy sources should certainly be a goal that human civilization aims to achieve in the foreseeable future. Hold Oil Companies Accountable In a free market system, there need to be incentives for businesses to act. Without financial incentive, negligence and pollution become commonplace. This is why holding oil companies financially accountable is absolutely necessary for spill prevention. If oil spills can irreparably harm their profits, companies in the industry will be sure to guarantee they do not happen. Financial punishments can either come from government fines or though the civil court system—either way, the financial punishments must be massive to match the massive profits of these oil companies. Monitor Oil Drilling Near At-Risk Ecosystems Another way to fight oil spills is to thoroughly monitor companies drilling for oil near ecosystems that are most at risk for being harmed by a spill. This, of course, requires action from the government. While it is unlikely that all unsafe oil drilling could be stopped this way, petitioning the government to have drilling activities monitored in areas where they could do the most harm is an excellent idea. Keeping Equipment in Good Shape One of the best ways to prevent accidents and disasters, in any industry, is to ensure all equipment is well-maintained and kept in optimal condition. This is also true for any storage containers used, especially the barrels and drums of the oil industry. A specialist from Powerblanket says barrel storage can be difficult for any material that isn’t extremely shelf-stable, meaning oil companies should take great care to prevent any possible damage as a result of inadequate storage. 4. Be More Vigilant Overall, oil spills happen due to negligence—they are not created on purpose (with a few historical exceptions). If those responsible for safe drilling would have been more vigilant in their efforts to prevent oil spills, most major spills on record may have been prevented. This should even be the case for regular citizens. While a minor spill originating from the tank of a fishing boat will not have as big of an effect as an industrial-sized spill, it can still pollute the environment. Oil spills can ruin an ecosystem for plants and animals for generations. We owe it to the environment to try to ensure that another major oil spill does not happen.
  3. In the U.S., mineral rights may be sold separately from property rights. This means that, as a property owner, you may not necessarily own the rights to extract or use any minerals discovered beneath your property. If oil, natural gas or other valuable minerals have been discovered in your area, it's important to understand your rights and what you can do. Understanding Mineral Rights Mineral rights refers to the rights to any mineral found below the surface, including oil, natural gas, gold, and copper. A mineral owner has the right to extract and use the minerals found below the surface of the land. In some cases, a mineral rights transfer grants rights to specific minerals, such as oil only, but it may include all minerals under the ground. In the United States, mineral rights are included automatically when legal title to the land is transferred, unless ownership is at some point separated. A land owner can separate the mineral rights from the land by selling or transferring the land but retaining mineral rights, selling the rights but retaining the land, or selling the rights to one person and the land to another. After the rights are separated, each sale of the property includes just the land. Does it Always Matter Who Owns the Rights? Many homeowners are surprised when they discover that they do not actually own the mineral rights on their property. In many cases, though, property owners have no need to find out if they own the mineral rights. This is because removing minerals is very expensive and potentially damaging to the property. Property owners who live in areas without historic coal mining, oil or gas drilling, or mineral extraction typically do not need to worry about mineral ownership, as it's unlikely there are many minerals under the land. Because United States law usually prohibits a mineral rights owner from damaging or affecting the use of homes or property on the land, property owners in cities or areas with many structures on small plots of land usually have no need to worry about who owns the mineral rights. Who owns the mineral rights to the land does become a concern in areas where mineral extraction is typical. Property owners who do not own the mineral rights in an area where natural gas drilling or mining is common may one day hear from the mineral owner. What Rights Does the Mineral Owner Have The mineral owner has the right to remove the minerals from the land without obtaining permission from the land owner, or surface owner. These rights usually include the right to use the surface land to access and mine the minerals, which may include excavating a mine or drilling a well. The mineral rights holder can also build improvements such as roadways. The owner of the rights can also lease these rights to extract minerals and then receive income. In some cases, the rights of the mineral owner are restriction. There may be a time limit on how long the excavation or drilling can last. Many state and local laws also regulate mineral extraction to reduce the impact on the environment and protect the land owner from side effects of the operations. What You Can Do As a Property Owner If you do own the mineral rights and you are contacted to buy the mineral rights, you may be offered a lease agreement, which typically gives you a small down payment and then monthly royalty payments based on the value of the minerals produced. If you are contacted about mineral extraction on your property, it's advisable to seek advice from a mineral rights attorney. This is a very complex area of law, and there may be restrictions on the surface use of the land by the mineral rights owner. An experienced attorney can help you determine who truly owns the mineral rights by tracing deeds back to the first conveyance. If someone is claiming a valid ownership right to the minerals, a specialist from Doré Law Group says you may want to discuss ways to minimize the negative effects of the extraction operations on your property. Mineral rights is a very complicated area of law. While most property owners never need to know who owns the rights to minerals under their land, this information is important if there is a chance valuable minerals can be discovered and extracted. You can learn more about your rights as the property owner by consulting with an attorney experienced in natural resources law.