This article examines both common law and statutory law concerning drilling for oil and gas underneath cemeteries in the States of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The article is particularly timely, as several E&P Companies in Texas have commenced operations underneath cemeteries in urban areas in Fort Worth, Texas. Multiple media articles have surfaced, voicing community concerns/opinions regarding these operations. Currently, there is no precedent expressly prohibiting horizontal drilling underneath cemeteries. This article will examine all pertinent law in the above referenced states, and will attempt to provide a justification for horizontal drilling underneath cemeteries.
April 8, 2015