Real estate lawyers will soon be needed in N.C.

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

To the Editor:

It’s called the nuisance law against your neighbor.

That means everybody has the right to do what they want with their property — as long as they don't hurt anybody else.

If they do, they will have to pay.

When my property value goes down due to fracking, or my well becomes contaminated, lawsuits will be filed. Where gas drilling occurs, property values collapse. Banks won't lend on a house near a gas well unless the owner can prove their water supply will always be safe. Read your mortgage papers about hazardous wastes.

“Anticipatory nuisance” is basically the notion that you can stop your neighbor from doing something, instead of waiting to sue when you're harmed. If your neighbor is planning on putting up an 8-acre drill pad on his property, allowing you to breathe the carcinogenic fumes from industrial drilling, he wasn’t neighborly to begin with anyway.

I hope real estate lawyers are packing their bags and coming to N.C.

Keely Wood

Lee County