Q: Several years ago a petroleum company removed a pump that was partially on my father's land. Can we still seek damage
A: I assume you are asking whether you can recover damages to the land? Whether or not you can depends on a number of factors, such as how long ago the damage occurred, what kind of damage it is and the terms of any agreements between your father and the oil company. It is important to have an oil and gas attorney review these and other factors with you to determine if your father can assert a claim for damages. Be aware that there are statutes of limitations that prohibit bringing a claim after a certain length of time, so you should seek the advice of an attorney sooner rather than later. In addition, many states have funds that can be used to repair damage left by an oil company if the company is no longer in business. In Texas, that is the Texas Railroad Commission.
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