Summer 2015 Newsletter

Alert, August 29, 2015
Comments Needed on Noise
from Compressor Stations

Update, August 7, 2015
WV Landowners Win Injunction to Bar Pipeline Surveyors

Summer 2015 Edition of Surface Owners' News Available
July 6, 2015

Read about the Industry/Governor's "Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act" Affecting MOST Marcellus Shale drilling

Meetings and Events

Upcoming Events and Webinars
Presented by the
Penn State Cooperative Extension

(Archived presentations are available here.)

New on the Website!

WVSORO testifies for its members and E-Council for "green completion drilling" (Sept. 28, 2015)

WV Citizens Join National Groups Filing Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste (Aug 26, 2015)

Eminent Domain update:  Monroe County Judge grants injunction saying Mountain Valley transmission pipeline is not for "public purpose" to West Virginians and so cannot use eminent domain (and cannot force access for surveying). (Aug 26, 2015)

A Forced Horizontal Unitization/Pooling/Integration Bill is ONLY a Good Idea IF . . . (Aug 25, 2015)

Who Does a GOOD Forced Pooling Statute
Hurt or Help?
(Aug 25, 2015)

WV-SORO's Take on the 2015 Forced Pooling Legislation and Its Fate (Apr. 9, 2015)

Article on how much companies are willing to pay for leases!   (Jan. 28, 2015)

If I don't sign a lease (or a pooling amendment to an existing lease) can they drill next to me and take my gas without paying me for it?
(updated 10/29/2014)

Updated and new materials and pipelines and condemnation! (updated 10/19/2014)

WV-DEP's Non-Response to Horizontal
Well Act Studies

See the latest news stories!

Sounds of horizontal well near a home in Harrison County
Educating you about the rights that you have,
                        Working to get you the rights you deserve.


Almost Heaven?

And even after they are done drilling
(a different pad)
Click thumbnails for hi-res image

Did You Know?

West Virginia is second only to Texas in the number of active oil and gas wells in the country. New drilling permits have more than tripled in recent years and West Virginia surface owners have very few rights to protect them from drillers unless they also own the minerals beneath their land.  If you live in one of the state’s oil and gas producing counties you know about the polluted streams, needless destruction of timber, lost home sites, careless road building and ruined pastures caused by drillers.


The WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WV SORO) is a growing statewide membership organization whose mission is to protect landowners from abuses by oil and gas drillers.  WV-SORO was formed in 2007 by concerned landowners, public interest lawyer Dave McMahon and WV Citizen Action Group (WV-CAG). Our members come from 51 of West Virginia’s 55 counties and 26 other states.

If you are affected by drilling, join us and others who are working to protect and expand surface owners’ rights.

WV SORO focuses on public policy and regulatory changes needed to expand surface owners’ rights and help West Virginians protect their land and water resources. These include passage of a “Surface Owners’ Bill of Rights” to give landowners more say in the location of wells and access roads and ensure that we receive fair compensation for our losses and inconveniences.  We can also help you understand your rights.

Join Us! Click here to print a membership form or e-mail  to have a membership packet mailed to you.

More about joining us.

Take Action! Educate Your State Legislators
about problems you've had with drillers and how the provisions of the "Surface Owners' Bill of Rights" will address these issues.

Sign this member-created petition calling on Governor Tomblin and legislative leaders to hold a special session to require enforcement of current regulations; strengthen regulations to reflect technological advancements; and restore, recognize and respect the constitutional property rights of landowners.
Click here to sign the petition.

Current Events

Well site during active drilling to the Marcelllus Shale formation in Upshur County, West Virginia, in 2008.  (An additional water storage pit is not in the photo.)  Copyright WVSORO, June 2008.  Permission to use may be obtained from WVSORO.   Click  image to view index of high resolution photos of the site during drilling and after reclamation.

News Stories Relevant to SORO

Special Reports, Ongoing News Coverage and Commentary

Daily News & Commentary

West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25311
304-346-5891    Fax 304-346-8981