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Don Schreiber, on his Devil’s Spring Ranch east of Blanco, N.M., shares his land with energy company wells because of a federal “split estate” law that allows corporate access to private land. He and his wife, Jane, have battled over road construction, dust, soil erosion, hazardous waste disposal and loss of wildlife habitat.

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