Annie Cosby Jul. 9, 2014, 12:44pm

A Travis County company is suing over claims it hasn't received permission to access property above the gas and oil lease it holds.

CML Exploration LLC filed a lawsuit June 17 in the Jefferson County District Court against Veolia ES Technical Solutions LLC.

According to the complaint, CML Exploration has the right to drill on two oil, gas and mineral leases but claims it cannot access the property due to a fence around the defendant's property.

CML Exploration says it has asked permission from the defendant to construct a gate and fenced area within the defendant's property to give them access to drilling area while still being separate from the defendant's operations, which are protected under Department of Homeland Security rules.

The lawsuit states Veolia has failed to give permission, and the plaintiff needs to start drilling by Sept. 20 to keep its leases from expiring.

CML Exploration is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the defendant from further prohibiting the plaintiff from accessing the drilling area.

It is being represented in the case by attorney J. Hoke Peacock II of Orgain, Bell & Tucker LLP in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. D195-804

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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