There are many reasons why one would want to protest another's applications at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Protests serve a purpose, but at the end of the day both oil and gas companies and Oklahoma mineral rights owners make more money if wells are drilled.
Protesting just to protest is uncivilized. Frivolous protests waste both money and time. Cases without merit will eventually be dismissed or ruled against by the ALJ and all that the protesting party has accomplished is the production of economic waste. The Applicant's show will go on.
It's a small club, and irresponsible action at the OCC is not easily forgotten. The shoe will be on the other foot some day in the future.
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