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September 2, 2014

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In this Dec. 23, 2013 photograph, Amite County Chancery Clerk Ronnie Taylor talks about the large number of leasing agents that have flocked to the county's antebellum courthouse in Liberty, Miss. The agents review a variety of records to determine land and mineral rights to property that might be on or along the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation that may hold billions of barrels of oil.

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In this Dec. 23, 2013 photograph, Amite County Chancery Clerk Ronnie Taylor talks about the large number of leasing agents that have flocked to the county's antebellum courthouse in Liberty, Miss. The agents review a variety of records to determine land and mineral rights to property that might be on or along the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation that may hold billions of barrels of oil.