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Surface Owners’ Responses to the Myths and Distortions Put Out by the Industry On the Dangers of Marcellus Shale Horizontal Drilling
Blog WVSORO November 7, 2011
Serious environmental concerns, plus concerns about abuses of surface owners are a result of Marcellus Shale horizontal drillingMore
Issues: Horizontal wellsMarcellus shale
Marcellus Shale Bills: What’s in them (and What’s not)?
Blog WVSORO January 31, 2011
There will be at least two comprehensive proposals regulating Marcellus Shale for the legislature to consider this session.More
Issues: LegislationMarcellus shale
Information on the Marcellus Shale
Blog WVSORO December 12, 2010
Numerous links to resources for information on the Marcellus ShaleMore
Issues: LeasingMarcellus shaleOil and Gas
Update on the Blue Eagle Well Spacing Suit
Blog WVSORO October 7, 2010
Ruling in Well Spacing Case Favors W. Va. Surface Owners West Virginia surface owners declared victory in a ruling in a case challenging state agency rulings on spacing for natural gas wells. The case, Blue Eagle Land Company v. West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, was originally filed in the West Virginia Supreme Court […]More
Issues: Marcellus shalePoolingWell Spacing
EPA Study of Hydraulic Fracturing’s Potential Impact on Drinking Water
Blog WVSORO October 1, 2010
In a major, nationwide effort, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is studying the relationship between hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drinking water. More
Issues: FrackingPollutionWater
Well explosion in Marshall County
BlogNews WVSORO July 23, 2010
Drilling Allowed To Resume At Site of Explosion (July 23, 2010) DEP clears gas well operator to continue work in state (July 22, 2010) W.Va. gas well blast injures 7; flames now 40 feet  (June 7, 2010) Marshall Gas Well Explodes  (June 7, 2010) Methane May Burn for Days  (June 8, 2007) Minimize Risk In […]More
Issues: Oil and GasPollution
Q&A” section on the subject of seismic activity from the West Virginia Surface Owner’s Guide to Oil and Gas
Blog WVSORO June 30, 2010
Q.  I have seen trucks “thumping” the ground in my area/on my land, or Someone is shooting off explosive charges in the ground around here, or I have been informed that a seismic survey will be conducted on my land. What is a seismic survey and what can I do about it? A.        A seismic […]More
Issues: LeasingOil and Gas
Proposed Changes to Oil & Gas Rules, Marcellus Guidance Document
Blog WVSORO May 23, 2010
After what can only be described as a rough start, DEP’s Oil and Gas Well Drilling Rule was passed by both chambers on the last day of the session. It took some butting of heads and a couple of conference committees, but the rule as finally adopted begins to address drilling for Marcellus Shale natural gas in some positive ways.More
Issues: Marcellus shaleOil and Gas
DEP review of oil and gas drilling regulatory program
Blog WVSORO April 28, 2010
DEP Secretary Randy Huffman has initiated a total review of the state’s regulation of oil and gas drilling in light of the increase in activity and the new techniques related to Marcellus Shale development. WV-SORO was invited to participate and provide a “laundry list” of the issues that we thought needed addressed. Our laundry list […]More
Issues: DEPOil and Gas
Information on Columbia/Chesapeake and Dominion Class Action Settlements
Blog WVSORO January 29, 2010
Updated1/29/2010 Information on Columbia/Chesapeake and Dominion Class Action Settlements [Updated1/29/2010] If you are a mineral owner whose wells are owned by Columbia Natural Resources, LLC (formerly Columbia Natural Resources, Inc.), NiSource Inc., Columbia Energy Group and Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. or Dominion Resources and are looking for information on the class action settlements visit the appropriate […]More
Issues: Minerals-Royalties
Oral Arguments in Marcellus Well Spacing Case
Blog WVSORO October 19, 2009
On a beautiful autumn day, October 19, 2009, deep in the coal country town of Welch, McDowell County, oral arguments in the well spacing case took place before Circuit Judge Rudolph J. Murensky, II. There were lawyers representing the various parties with interests in coal, land, and oil and gas, and the West Virginia Oil […]More
Issues: Well Spacing
Comments on the General Water Pollution Control Permit number GP-WV-1-07
BlogDocument WVSORO October 1, 2009
In 2007, when the Office of Oil & Gas (OO&G) initially issued the permit, part of the rational given for issuing a general permit was “to allow for the collection of environmental data regarding volumes of produced water enerated from different coal-bearing strataMore
Issues: Coal bed methaneDEPPollutionWater
Marcellus formation: leasing and well spacing history
Blog WVSORO August 8, 2009
West Virginia Record article on decision compliments WVSORO Amicus Brief in SUpreme Court Gas drilling lawsuit sent back to lower court by W.Va. Supreme Court (News article) Coal companies and others file new appeal in lower court WVSORO also files new appeal in lower court in different county WVSORO allowed to interevene in coal company […]More
Issues: Marcellus shaleWell Spacing
W. Va. Geologic and Economic Survey site with plats and completion reports for wells on line
Blog WVSORO July 1, 2009
W. Va. Geologic and Economic Survey site with plats and completion reports for wells on line Go here to find the plat maps that the driller files with the well permit application, and the completion reports that the driller files after the well has been fraced and goes into production.  (Occasionally production will show up […]More
Issues: Minerals-RoyaltiesOil and Gas
Best Site for Finding Information on Individual Gas Wells
Blog WVSORO May 23, 2009
The best site for finding information on individual gas wells is the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey web site called “Pipeline”. More
How to find oil and gas well production data
Blog WVSORO May 20, 2009
The link below will take you to the web site of the WV DEP Office of Oil and Gas, which is the state government agency in West Virginia that regulates oil and gas drilling. More
Issues: Oil and Gas
WVSORO submits comments on proposed Marcellus Shale “Guidance”
Blog WVSORO April 20, 2009
The new large volume fracture process used in drilling/producing Marcellus Shale wells are a leap forward in technology, surface disturbance, water use and water disposal.  In a meager response the DEP announced by a press release  that it has issued a draft “Guidance” Document that will not have the force of law.  Although WVSORO thinks […]More
Issues: DEPMarcellus shale
The West Virginia Surface Owners’ Bill of Rights
Blog WVSORO March 2, 2009
West Virginia’s current surface owner protection laws were first enacted 1983. These were few and ineffective. Surface owners were given only 15 days’ notice before the drilling commences, with no options for input about what parts of their property will be taken by the operators.More
Issues: Horizontal wellsOil and GasPipelinesWater
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