Property Rights

Mineral Rights

Surface acres should be leased by energy and mineral companies through negotiations for activities in all forms of energy and mineral development. Options for easements should not be signed until PSC citing process is complete.

Private Property

We support changes to the quick take eminent domain process to allow property owners to have negotiation rights in regard to price and any special circumstances that the property owner needs to be considered.

NDFB supports the creation of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife lease buyout program.

We support the protection of private property rights against government takings, including the protection of pore space that has been owned by the surface estate in North Dakota since 1877. We oppose any attempts by the government to
remove a landowners’ rights to bring claims for trespass, nuisance or other torts and we oppose any attempts by government to take away a landowner’s right to compensation for use of pore space under NDCC.ch.

We believe property owners should not be legally responsible for any natural or man-made obstacle or situation that may cause personal injury or property damage to persons using their property, regardless of permission.

Any future “No Hunting or Trespassing” laws should not have special exclusions or privileges for hunters.

We oppose any county taking more than the constituted right of way without fair and just compensation.

We believe all private property should be considered "Posted - No Trespassing" even if signs or other notices are not in existence, unless otherwise designated. Trespassing laws shall be enforced and all penalties stiffened.

No activity related to right of way purchases, such as surveying on purposed right of way easements, may be performed without landowner's prior written permission. A penalty of $25,000 and 30 days in jail will be recommended per occurrence.


We oppose the taking of any private property by any government entity without compensation and due process.

We support the protection of private property rights against government takings by any agency, department or organization.

We believe one of the duties of government is to protect private property, especially from unauthorized surveillance invasion and interference by government itself. To further this objective, NDFB supports limiting the
regulation of private property and protecting private property and identifying the costs of regulation of private property.

Drones and drone operators must follow the trespassing laws whether posted or not.

We oppose local water boards having quick take eminent domain authority.

In cases of right of way easements, the governing entity (PSC or others) should require submission of a preliminary route plan prior to any attempted land acquisition.

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