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WV-SORO 2017 Legislative Priorities
Blog Julie Archer February 8, 2017
WV-SORO will again be pushing for legislation to have the property rights of surface owners recognized and respected, to increase their chances of owning some of the minerals under them, and to deal with orphaned wells and other environmental problems. We will also be actively opposing legislation the industry introduces (out of its sense of entitlement) that will harm the interests of surface owners.More
Issues: Abandoned wellsFence-line monitoringLand re-unionOrphaned wellsPollution
In Court: WV-SORO Litigation Update
Blog Julie Archer February 7, 2017
Here is a brief update on some court cases we've been involved in or monitoring that affect West Virginia surface owners. Because one-third of WV-SORO members also own an interest in their underlying minerals, so we are including updates on cases that affect some mineral owners.More
Issues: Coal bed methaneEminent domainLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPartition suitsPipelines
Zombie Bills? Bad Bills to Aid Drillers Could Be Back in 2017
Blog Julie Archer February 6, 2017
Several bad bills that help oil and gas drillers at the expense of West Virginia landowners could be back during the 2017 legislative session. These include efforts to take away citizens ability to bring nuisance suits, give pipeline companies the right to survey people's land without their permission, and one-sided forced pooling bills (AKA joint development).More
Issues: Eminent domainNuisance suitsPipelinesPooling
West Virginia Supreme Court cites WVSORO “amicus brief” regarding ownership of coalbed methane
Blog WVSORO December 16, 2016
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled in the Moss case in 2003 that leases and deeds that granted or reserved rights to “oil and gas” or “natural gas” did not automatically give or reserve rights to coalbed methaneMore
Issues: Coal bed methane
WVSORO 2017 Legislative Proposals
Blog WVSORO December 11, 2016
WVSORO will again be pushing for legislation to have the property rights of surface owners recognized, to increase their chances of owning some of the minerals under them, and to deal with orphaned wells and other environmental problems, etc. More
Issues: Fence-line monitoringHorizontal wellsLand re-unionLegislationOrphaned wellsTax sales
The West Virginia Land Reunion Song
Blog WVSORO December 9, 2016
In the early 1980's a surge of conventional well drilling occurred in West Virginia in reaction to first the Arab Oil Embargo and then the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The surge in drilling resulted in gross abuses of surface owners.More
Issues: Land re-unionLegislationNuisance suits
Dave McMahon: West Virgina must get it right with gas
BlogNews WVSORO July 8, 2016
I write in response to “Conservation makes for good business,” an op-ed column by a top official of Antero, a natural gas company, published May 28.More
Issues: DEPHorizontal wellsMarcellus shaleOil and Gas
Who is Helped and Who is Hurt by a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill
Blog WVSORO January 12, 2016
Who does a good forced pooling statute hurt or help?More
Issues: LegislationPooling
What Has to Be in a Forced Pooling Bill for it to Be a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill
BlogDocument WVSORO January 12, 2016
A forced horizontal unitization/pooling/integration bill is only a good idea if:More
Issues: LegislationPooling
What Is in the “Horizontal Well Act Studies Implementation Bill” Surface Owners Need Before a Pooling Bill Should Pass
Blog WVSORO January 12, 2016
Provisions of Proposed Bill Implementing Findings of Studies Required By the Horizontal Well ActMore
Issues: Horizontal wellsLegislation
WVSORO testifies for its members and E-Council for “green completion drilling”
Blog WVSORO September 28, 2015
Testimony of David McMahon, J.D. before the Environmental Protection Agency Oil and Natural Gas Sector Re: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources. Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0505More
Issues: EPAGreen completion drilling
Upcoming Events and Webinars Presented by the Penn State Cooperative Extension
Blog WVSORO December 15, 2014
View upcoming Events and Webinars Presented by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Archived presentations are available hereMore
Issues: Oil and Gas
Analysis of frac’ waste water for Wheeling City Council shows problems.
Blog WVSORO June 10, 2013
In my opinion, the City of Wheeling is "on its own" to make a decision whether to site the GreenHunter facility as proposed. There is no regulatory authority at the state or federal level for sighting or permitting the handling and disposal of waste at the proposed facility. More
Issues: Drillilng wasteMarcellus shale
Unplugged/abandoned/orphaned wells document industry irresponsibility
Blog WVSORO October 22, 2012
Performance Evaluation & Research Division of West Virginia Legislative Auditor condemn DEP for lack of enforcement of well plugging requirements. NPR series on unplugged wells Is there an exhausted, unplugged well on your surface or holding the lease on your mineral tract? What can you do about it?More
Issues: Abandoned wells
Why Multiple Horizontal Wells from centralized well pads should be used for the Marcellus Shale
Blog WVSORO March 27, 2012
The Marcellus Shale is the newest “play” in gas drilling in West Virginia and other states in the East. It is different from other plays in that it produces much more gas, and is under much more area (as explained below) than previous plays.More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLeasingMarcellus shale
Case in The West Virginia Supreme Court
Blog WVSORO January 16, 2012
Whether the Surface Owner Has a Right to Have a Hearing And/or an Appeal When the State Issues a Permit to Drill a Well on the Surface Owner’s Land.More
Stronger Marcellus Shale Legislation Needed
Blog WVSORO December 9, 2011
In November the legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marcellus Shale recommended a bill to regulate Marcellus Shale drilling in West Virginia. Now that the committee has completed its work, a special session to adopt new drilling regulations now appears likely.More
Issues: LegislationMarcellus shaleOil and Gas
Battle for Wetzel County – Journey OnEarth documentary by Snag Films and Natural Resources Defense Council
BlogSurface Owner Story WVSORO November 17, 2011
In the mountains of rural West Virginia, it’s a modern day gold rush. Breakthroughs in technology are allowing gas companies to tap a resource hidden deep in the earth, but at what cost?More
Issues: Marcellus shale
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