Commissioners thank citizen for input on oil, gas lease
by Dan Kleiner
May 05, 2010 | 236 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local attorney Betty Yarter received a round of applause at Karnes County Commissioners Court Friday for noting an oversight that could have lost the county quite a bit of cash. Commissioners Court in March had voted to enter into an oil and gas lease for 193 acres near the Connally Prison Unit in Karnes City, but had not put the land out for public bid.

Yarter brought the oversight to the attention of the court at two following meetings, and then in April the court voted to terminate the previous contract and open up the land to public bidding. The court only received one bid, however, that bid came in at $2,650 per mineral acre, nearly double the previous offer. The court will now enter into negotiations with B&B Resources of Katy, Texas.

“This does not mean that the county is committed to sign this lease,” County Judge Alger Kendall said. “We have the authority at that point in time to reject their bid. The county commissioners and court does owe Betty Yarter a thanks.”

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