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Land with free natural gas
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Debbie in Virginia    Posted 07-29-2001 at 11:32:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We currently live in Virginia but are planning to relocate to a more rural area in the future. My parents are from West Va. and we have looked into some land in that area. Some of the properties come with free natural gas because the pipeline goes through your property. This would be a definite plus for us. Does anyone know of other areas which would have property like this? We love West Virginia but are interested in looking at other areas too. I've tried doing searches on the internet but haven't had any luck. We're looking for a rural setting, no close neighbors, but don't want to go fully off the grid - just want enough land for some cows, pigs, chickens, etc. for our family's use. Any ideas? Thanks for the help.

Spence    Posted 07-30-2001 at 09:28:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some trivia. Old landfill sites will supply years of natural gas, just hammer in a pipe and connect up.

Franz    Posted 07-29-2001 at 14:43:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
You also gotta be real careful about WHO owns the mineral rights under your land. In some states, you may own the land, but not what is under it, so you can wake up to find an oil rig in the back yard, and no recourse, not even for the water well they screw up.

Ludwig    Posted 07-31-2001 at 09:35:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hear about in Penn where they dig all the coal out from underneith your house and then you come sagging down and there isn't anything you can do about it....

Glad that almost nobody mines anything in New England.

TomH    Posted 07-29-2001 at 14:10:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My great uncle had natural gas (he lived in eastern Ohio). He was trying to drill a well for water but hit a small amount of gas instead, capped the well and used it.

As Hank said, take your time and research carefully. There are "neighborhoods" even in rural areas, and good neighbors will make all the difference.

big fred    Posted 07-29-2001 at 13:40:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know of some folks in the oil fields of North Dakota with that type of situation. Just about anyplace with an oil well on the property will have natural gas, and if it isn't commercially viable, the oil company will just flare it off.

IHank    Posted 07-29-2001 at 12:14:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Debbie- Some time ago there was a post that mentioned the free natural gas gimmick. If it's true it could be valuable asset to have.

As to finding a desired rural property it boils down to going for weekend drives and snooping around areas of interest. You simply gotta go see it with your own eyes. While out stop and chat with the locals at the gas station, c-store, coffee shop, etc, and you'll get lots of information. Good luck and wishing 'yall much success, IHank

Burrhead    Posted 07-29-2001 at 16:15:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Transeastern and Texas Production put pipe lines in through here. They hooked everybody up on the gas lines and furnish gas for free that had a house in place when the line went in, but you can't even get a hook up to buy gas from them if you built after the ROW went through.

If a house that's hooked up becomes unlivable or gets moved they come out and take the gas line out to the house so the next house won't get the same free gas deal.

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