If you want re-vegetation with seeds other than that at page 32 of the State’s Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Field Manual (which some farmers say is not all that beneficial and maybe even not good for some stock), then work on your driller before,during or after the comment period to use seed mixtures you get from your local soil conservation district, or seed mixtures etc. provided in Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Oil and Gas Infrastructure which is recognized by the Field Manual on page 31, or if you want native seedings, seed mixtures in the Upper Elk River Watershed study of the West Virginia Division of Forestry.
Advice and Updates
- West Virginia Surface Owners' Guide to Oil and Gas Summary and Updates
- Enacting Local City or County Ordinances
- Seismic and Geophysical
- Leasing / Amendments
- Partition Suits and Threats Thereof
- Gas Leaks
- Free Gas
- Buying Land
- Selling Land / Mineral Rights
- Abandoned wells
- Going on Land Where There is Drilling Activity
- Coal Bed Methane
What should I do?
- Advice for common situations and updates to Surface Owner's Guide
- You probably can refuse (or maybe block) a horizontal well on your land
- West Virginia Surface Owners' Guide to Oil and Gas
- Erosion and Sediment Control Manual (that drillers must follow)
- Reporting Violations: Information on Filing a Complaint with the WV DEP Office of Oil & Gas or the EPA
- How a Gas Well Is Drilled Down Into the Ground, and What Can Go Wrong
- Why Multiple Horizontal Wells from centralized well pads should be used for the Marcellus Shale
- Well Spacing and Royalty Sharing (a.k.a. Pooling or Unitization or Lease Integration). What is it?
- Lawyers, experts and water testers for surface owners
- State Office of Oil and Gas
- Information on the Marcellus Shale
- More Helpful Links and How To Find Information On Particular Gas Wells
- Marcellus Shale Play well examples
- Photo slide show for drilling of small shallow well.
- Bad Examples!
- Surface Owner Stories