"The landman systematically feeds misinformation, disinformation and wrong information." My property near Hochheim used to have a live spring that flowed into the Guadalupe River all the time, even during the drought of 2009-2010 but it went dry after the oil company came in and did a seismic survey of the surrounding property. I never agreed to a seismic survey on my property. Be alert and document what is going on in regards to you water wells and springs. The massive seismic shoots and oil company drilling large water wells to fracture Eagle Ford wells, and the drilling of the wells themselves is affecting your water. Landowners need to keep their eyes open. added 11-9-2010
Many experts are telling us that water, especially here in South Texas, will eventually become as valuable a commodity as crude oil or natural gas some day. Right now there are landman on the hunt to lock up water rights in South Texas. Landowners should be as vigilant when signing any water sales contracts as they would be in signing a oil and gas lease. Water contacts can be dangerous territory to landowners. There are some real predators out there attempting to capture your water rights under the false flag of a Water Sales Contract. The pitch is usually that they need a lot of water to frac Eagle Ford wells. That's true, a lot of water is required, but what usually follows the solicitation to buy your water, is to maneuver the landowner to sign a document that effectively transfers their water rights to the landman. Generous quantities of free money from selling your water falls into the proverbial too good to be true category. While there is a legitimate need for water, a ethical landman will not present you with a document that severs your water rights and transfers those rights to him. If you sign such a document, you are effectively putting a permanent encumbrance on your land to sell your water exclusively to someone for a ridiculous low price. After you sign, the landman thereafter effectively owns your water rights, subject only to paying you the agreed to terms. Some landman that I am aware of only offer a paltry .35 cents per barrel of fresh water. It is my understanding that fresh water is worth well over $2.00 per barrel. Like many bonanzas before it, the South Texas Eagle Ford has been plagued by a swarm of locusts trying to separate you from your property rights. DON'T BECOME A WATER RIGHTS VICTIM!