My question involves real estate located in the State of: Texas
My question involves real estate/ land located in the State of: Texas We are in the process of leasing 1000 acres to drill for oil and gas. The land owners grandfather sold the adjoining land "around" his 1000 acres in 1940's. There is NO easement of record. There was once a county road in between the two properties for years but the new adjoining property owner convinced his friend, a past County Commissioner, into closing the county road and making it a public road.
Our land owner (who we are attempting to lease from) has been driving down this road in order to access his property and home since the sale. It appears that the "grandfather" had a handshake agreement (when it was a county road) that it was not necessary for an easement because a county road was in between the two properties.
The issue is that because the county, granted the adjoining landowner a private road, he now declares that starting at the beginning of the year he will no longer grant access to the property. This will cause our land owner a loss of revenue from not being able to lease his surface for gracing rights as well as lease his minerals for oil and gas drilling and oil and gas revenue.