Welcome to Common Ground Gardendale, the website for information about the oil and gas drilling activities of LINN Energy, formerly Berry Petroleum Company (“Berry”), in the Gardendale, Texas area. The purpose of this site is to provide accurate information and develop mutual understanding so that property owners and mineral rights holders can coexist in a way that benefits the entire community.
The mineral rights in the Gardendale area were severed from the surface rights more than 50 years ago. When Gardendale landowners bought their properties, they acquired them subject to the mineral owner’s right to develop the minerals, which includes the right to use the surface to access and produce those minerals. In 2010, Berry acquired leases to the mineral rights underlying the Gardendale area. In 2013 Berry was acquired by LINN Energy. LINN Energy intends to continue to develop the oil and gas resources in a manner that 1) protects the health and safety of both the people and environment of Gardendale, 2) is consistent with applicable laws and regulations and 3) honors our obligations to the royalty owners in the Gardendale area.
On this site you will find information about our current plans in Gardendale, the economic impact of our operations, the uncommon solutions that we will employ to minimize impacts on surface property owners, and answers to frequently asked questions.
“On December 16, 2013 LINN Energy, LLC and LinnCo, LLC announced the successful completion of the previously announced merger between LinnCo and Berry Petroleum Company. We at LINN look forward to continuing the positive work Berry began and share in the commitment to developing our oil and gas resources in the Permian Basin responsibly. We invite you to learn more about us by visiting our website at www.linnenergy.com.” – Mark E. Ellis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer