Issue: Legislation

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Updates and Alerts WVSORO January 30, 2016
Action Needed to Stop Lease Integration, Implement Study Recommendations
Happy New Year from WV-SORO! Although Winter Storm Jonas is now behind us, the WV Legislature is continuing its work in Charleston through March 13. Please keep reading to learn more about what we've been up to and issues that are coming up during the 2016 legislative session.More
Issues: Drillilng wasteHorizontal wellsLegislationPollution
Blog WVSORO January 12, 2016
Who is Helped and Who is Hurt by a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill
Who does a good forced pooling statute hurt or help?More
Issues: LegislationPooling
BlogDocument WVSORO January 12, 2016
What Has to Be in a Forced Pooling Bill for it to Be a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill
A forced horizontal unitization/pooling/integration bill is only a good idea if:More
Issues: LegislationPooling
Blog WVSORO January 12, 2016
What Is in the “Horizontal Well Act Studies Implementation Bill” Surface Owners Need Before a Pooling Bill Should Pass
Provisions of Proposed Bill Implementing Findings of Studies Required By the Horizontal Well ActMore
Issues: Horizontal wellsLegislation
Document WVSORO September 25, 2015
WVSORO’S Position Regarding the Legislature’s Need to Act Due To DEP’s Non-Response to Horizontal Well Act Studies
The Horizontal Well Act passed in December, 2011. As the bill passed through the Legislature surface owners complained about the limited protections given to surface owners. One of the biggest complaints of surface owners during passage was the limited "setback" from people's homes.More
Issues: DEPHorizontal wellsLegislation
Updates and Alerts WVSORO July 6, 2015
Summer 2015 Edition of Surface Owners’ News Available
WV-SORO members should be receiving the Summer 2015 edition of our newsletter, Surface Owners' News, in the mail soon. More
Issues: LegislationNuisance suitsOil and GasPooling
Updates and Alerts WVSORO March 5, 2015
Tell Delegates Not to Weaken Water Protections
After a long, frustrating and complicated stakeholder process -- a process that led to confusion among our friends in the legislature about how environmental and citizen groups felt about the bill that resulted -- the WV State Senate voted overwhelmingly to amend the Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Act.More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Document WVSORO February 10, 2015
Orphaned Well “Oil and Gas Reclamation Fund” Activity
Orphaned1 Well "Oil and Gas Reclamation Fund (#3322)" ActivityMore
Issues: LegislationOrphaned wellsReclamation fund
Document WVSORO June 29, 2012
Summary of the Provisions of Horizontal Well Control Act
The passage of the Horizontal Well Control Act (HB 401) has made some mostly modest changes in the rights of West Virginia surface owners. The following is a brief summary of the most relevant and important changes.More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLegislation
News WVSORO February 7, 2012
Bill would increase opportunities to rejoin split estates
In 1995, a man bought the rights to a mineral tract under about 80 acres of surface in Marshall County. The previous owner had failed to pay property taxes, and the buyer got a good deal: $45. Richard Sherman, owner of the surface since 1988, was unaware the minerals under him had become available.More
Issues: Land re-unionLegislationTax sales
Blog WVSORO December 9, 2011
Stronger Marcellus Shale Legislation Needed
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
Press Release WVSORO March 13, 2011
Surface Owners, Environmental Council Urge Special Session on Marcellus Drilling
The lack of action taken by the House and the Senate to pass an effective and responsible bill to help regulate Marcellus Shale drilling, has the WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WV-SORO), the WV Environmental Council and others urging Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session to address environmental and other concerns related Marcellus Shale development.More
Issues: LegislationMarcellus shale
Blog WVSORO January 31, 2011
Marcellus Shale Bills: What’s in them (and What’s not)?
There will be at least two comprehensive proposals regulating Marcellus Shale for the legislature to consider this session.More
Issues: LegislationMarcellus shale
Newsletter WVSORO May 8, 2010
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Spring 2010
Thanks (and No Thanks) to Legislators | Disappointing Session on Surface Owner Issues | Oil and Gas Rule Passes on Last DayMore
Issues: LegislationOil and GasWater
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