University Lands Surface Interests is responsible for managing all surface activities
on the University lands. These activities include the leasing of land for business
sites, issuing easements for pipelines, power lines, utility lines, and ingress/egress
across the University lands. Issuing permits for various oil field operations and
monitoring surface oil field operations are also included in surface activities.
A variety of business activities involved with Surface Interests:
Our tasks to manage and support the activities listed above:
- grazing, hunting and recreation leases;
- pipeline, power line and utility line easements;
- business site leases;
- farming leases;
- permits for various oil field related operations;
- lease for experimental vineyard & winery;
- lease for windfarms generating electric power from wind power.
Top Other Developments/Activities
on the University Lands:
- monitoring surface oil field activities:
- more than 8,320 oil wells & 790 gas wells;
- approximately 7,000 miles of easements for pipelines, distribution and transmission
power lines and communication lines.
- developing recommendations for the
University Lands Rate and Damage Schedule used in conjunction with issuing surface
leases for business sites, issuing pipeline easements, selling road material and
conducting long range planning for future business site developments;
- overseeing waste management programs;
- examining environmental issues;
- protecting archeological resources;
- witnessing oil and gas metering tests;
- providing the main source of water for several area communities:
- Five municipal water contracts allow subsurface water to be sold for the benefit
of Midland, Odessa, Andrews, Crane and other smaller cities and towns in the West
- For the fiscal year ending August 31, 2005, approximately 1.02 billion gallons of
water were sold under these five municipal contracts.
- selling subsurface water under contract or by permit for a variety of oilfield and
- Vineyard and Winery
- In 1974, an experimental vineyard and winery in west Texas was created to determine
the feasibility of establishing a commercial winemaking operation on PUF lands.
This effort culminated in a commercial vineyard of approximately 1,000 acres and
a multi-million dollar
commercial winery which is located on PUF lands near Fort Stockton.
- Commercial Generation of Electricity from Wind Power
- Two wind farms are now located on PUF lands in Pecos County. Approximately 100 wind
turbines with a total generating capacity of 65.3 megawatts are currently in place
to produce electricity for Texans. Additional wind power projects on PUF lands are
expected in the future as the demand for
green power increases.
See related resources on Wind Energy