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A survey was conducted of West Virginian land owners with completed, shale gas wells located on their property. The research objective was to determine if the separation of mineral from surface rights impacted satisfaction and problems with natural gas drilling. Split estate owners were found to have a statistically greater probability of reporting problems with drilling. Complaints by a neighbor and a residence located on the property were the only variables that consistently impacted satisfaction and reported problems throughout all three econometric models. Our results provide motivation for policies to strengthen surface owner rights.

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