December 28, 2004 at 12:35pm
To Henry, you are RIGHT on the White Lake Donation!! When BP donated the land to the State, BP REQUIRED that a Private Board manage the land, the donor also kept the Minerals under the land and both are very common. Most do NOT know that the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium in New Orleans are owned by the City of New Orleans but Run by a Private Board, just like White Lake. Same Thing, no difference. Many donors of land to the State put Restrictions in their Deeds of Donation just as Rockerfellor has a provision of NO hunting. McPherson trying to sue to get the Minerals under the land is DUMBER than DUMB!!! There is LOTS of case law on the books that show that a seller or donor of land can Reserve the Minerals forever just as BP did. Oil Companies are watching this lawsuit very carefully, why would an oil and gas firm want to drill for oil or gas and then find out that even though they bought the rights for the minerals from the Surface Owner that they don't own them. Joe McPherson is ANTI OIL and GAS and he will chase more oil can gas companies out of state and continue to hurt our economy and jobs. Joe McPherson and the LA Wildlife Federation owe BP an apology for their DUMB actions but I bet you $1000 Bucks that NEITHER will apologzie, that is a reason I am NO longer a member of the LA WILDLIFE Federation and have encourgaged my friends NOT to renew or join the Federation.