Sounds like a deal to me at $2500/acre, seeing how you can lease these minerals for over $500/acre (conservative figure) and possibly reap the benefits of royalties for several years to come. Your question about the EPA and fracking issues will be a hot topic in 2012 as new proposed rules would require complete disclosure of the fluids pumped downhole. It is my understanding the Montana is one state that has required this disclosure in the past. The most reliable answer to your question is actually nobody knows what will occur in the future in regards with the EPA. I wrote a semi-blog under the "Fracking" heading in this forum and stated information that I read from the Billings Gazatte newspaper. It is my belief that the industry will provide meaningful support in it's effort to work with the EPA and this issue will be settled without the shut down of fracking procedures. Again, this is my opinion but no one can predict the future. Congratulations on your possible aquisition of additional minerals in an area that could see much development over the next couple of years.