Re: Camps w/o OMG rights
We own a camp and 500 acres in McKean County and do not have OMG rights. The OMG owners contracted a local company and came in and drilled 3 shallow (2500') wells. The pressure wasn't high enough to make the wells worthwhile so they were capped. They still come in to check the wells periodically. A year later, the OMG owners contracted another company to look into possibly drilling a deep well. They did seismic testing, people all over the property, and a helicopter flying tree top level overhead during the first week of spring gobbler dropping geophone cables. Fortunately, they didn't find anything worthwhile so no drilling was done. When they drilled the 3 shallow wells, there was worker and truck activity almost around the clock until they were done. The only compensation we received was for timber damage. The roads they built needed to accomodate 50' lowboy tractor trailers. I will say that both companies were extremelly professional with their work and their dealings with us. One up side was, our camp is very remote and the original road to camp was 4 WD only. They rebuilt the camp road with high quality local sandstone to the point that we can now safely drive a pleasure car back to camp and based on our usage, the road should last our lifetime. We bought our 500 acres in 1975 for $88 per acre because we didn't have OMG. The land was cheap but we have no control over what goes on under the surface. Hope this helps.
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