Drag queen superstar RuPaul cops shade over oil interests

DRAG QUEEN pop icon, RuPaul, owns 66,000 acres of prosperous land in Wyoming, and leases the mineral rights to oil and gas operators.
Drag queen superstar RuPaul cops shade over oil interests Drag queen superstar RuPaul cops shade over oil interests Drag queen superstar RuPaul cops shade over oil interests Drag queen superstar RuPaul cops shade over oil interests Drag queen superstar RuPaul cops shade over oil interests

Paul Hunt

Senior Journalist: Oil & Gas, Policy.

Paul Hunt

 

In an interview with NPR, RuPaul Andre Charles (RuPaul) revealed she owned a "modern ranch" and had no problem leasing the mineral rights to oil and gas operators.

The interview was conducted by Terry Gross and centred on RuPaul's "recipe" for a successful life. 

RuPaul, who became a household name by creating reality television series RuPaul's Drag Race, noted a major step in her success was owning the ranch along with her Perth-born husband Georges LeBar.

"A modern ranch, 21st-century ranch, is really land management," RuPaul said.

"You lease the mineral rights to oil companies. And you sell water to oil companies. And then you lease the grazing rights to different ranchers."

Social media exploded following RuPaul's transparency that she benefited financially by leasing mineral rights to energy companies.

Thousands of Twitter users accused RuPaul of promoting "dangerous" fraccing.

"Finding out RuPaul fucking fracks is like being slapped across the face after being shoved to the ground by coronavirus and kicked by boomers," one twitter user said.  

Another account labelled RuPaul a "Capitalist bitch."

Hundreds of tweets have been hidden by the social media platform for including "potentially sensitive content."

The Twitter users also called on first term congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to condemn the business queen's popular TV series.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has introduced a bill called the Fracking Ban Act (S.3247) to the US House of Representatives and is a featured guest on the latest season of RuPaul's Drag Race, now in its 11th season.

Chesapeake Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, and Matrix Production Company operate leases on the land. Anadarko accepted a takeover offer from Occidental Petroleum last year.

Since production began in 2012, Chesapeake has produced more than 4.4 million barrels of oil and about 40 million cubic feet of gas from its overall leasehold in the area of Wyoming.

In October last year, Chesapeake fracced its Lebar #25-34-70 well which produced around 917 barrels of oil equivalent (77%) per day during testing.

However, according to documents filed in district courts, RuPaul's company LeBar Ranch Minerals LLC took Chesapeake to court in September last year.

It is unknown if the dispute involves mineral right royalties owed by Chesapeake.

It is also unknown whether Chesapeake is continuing to operate its leasehold.

According to the Wyoming Secretary of State Department the LeBar Ranch Minerals company has paid all its tax requirements to date.

RuPaul has a net worth of more than US$50 million.  

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