Does a developer's sale of mineral rights to an energy company foreshadow fracking? Has anyone heard about this or had any experience with this? Just read about this yesterday after being linked to it elsewhere. This sounds really sketchy to me, and I'd be surprised that anyone would sign it. I would tell them to shove their contract up their pie-hole. Basically, it sounds like the homebuilder, DR Horton, who owns their own energy company, retains the rights to all minerals (oil, natural gas, etc) under the land that you buy and sells them to their energy company. So, if one day it was found that oil was under your house, you get no part of it, and they come and dig under your house to get to it. So, basically, they have access to land for free that you pay for. Now, I know that some would say "let the market sort it out". But, not everyone would be intelligent enough to even know what this means, and it could mean some real problems in the future. I could only hope they would have a good closing attorney.