Issue: Pipelines

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Updates and Alerts Julie Archer March 19, 2017
Forced Pooling Bill Taken Up by Senate Committee
The forced pooling bill was taken up the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the House of Delegates bills were introduced to require fence-line monitoring of pollution from horizontal drilling sites and improve compensation for landowners in eminent domain proceedings. The House passed an amended version of a bill regulating aboveground storage tanks. More
Issues: Eminent domainFence-line monitoringPipelinesPollutionPooling
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer March 12, 2017
New Forced Pooling Bill Introduced in the Senate
A new forced pooling bill, SB 576, was introduced in the state Senate. The devil is in the details and SB 576 is one of the worst bills yet introduced. We also have news on aboveground storage tank and pipeline legislation, as well as our "Land Reunion" act. More
Issues: Eminent domainLand re-unionLeasingPipelinesPollutionPoolingWater
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer February 24, 2017
“Right to Trespass” Bill Introduced in the House
Please contact House Energy Committee members and your delegates and tell them to oppose this attempt to take away the property rights of West Virginians.More
Issues: Eminent domainFence-line monitoringLand re-unionOrphaned wellsPipelines
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer February 14, 2017
Take Action: Zombie Bills to Aid Drillers Are Back
As we anticipated, some bad bills that aid drillers at the expense of West Virginia landowners — bills that were either soundly defeated or stalled a different points in the legislative process in 2016 — are starting to reemerge this session. Tell your Senators to oppose these shameful attempts to take away the property rights of West Virginians.More
Issues: Eminent domainLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPipelinesPooling
Blog Julie Archer February 7, 2017
In Court: WV-SORO Litigation Update
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
Blog Julie Archer February 6, 2017
Zombie Bills? Bad Bills to Aid Drillers Could Be Back in 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
Pipeline Advice WVSORO December 16, 2016
Eminent Domain Update
In November 2016, The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the Monroe County Circuit Court judge saying Mountain Valley transmission pipeline conveying gas only out of State is not for a "public purpose" to West Virginians and so cannot use eminent domain (and cannot force access for surveying)More
Issues: Eminent domainPipelines
Pipeline Advice WVSORO May 31, 2016
What Land/Surface Owners Should Know When a Landman Shows Up And Wants an Easement/Right of Way To Put a Pipeline Across Your Land
By 2013 we found out that Marcellus Shale pipelines are worth way MORE than that. If you are only being offered $1 per inch per foot, you are getting underpaid. More
Issues: Pipelines
Updates and Alerts WVSORO October 8, 2015
WVU Extension Hosting Pipeline Educational Meetings Next Week
Next week, as part of its Natural Gas Education Programs for Fall 2015, the WVU Extension Service is hosting three meetings next week (October 12, 13 and 14) to help landowners make sense of natural gas pipelines and right-of-way agreements.More
Issues: Pipelines
Updates and Alerts WVSORO August 29, 2015
Comments Needed on Noise from Compressor Stations Sept. 1 & 14: August 7, 2015
The DEP Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is considering issuing a revised "general permit" for air quality at compressor stations (G35-C). There are downsides to general permits, which we detailed in our recent newsletter. More
Issues: NoisePipelines
Updates and Alerts WVSORO August 7, 2015
WV Landowners Win Injunction to Bar Pipeline Surveyors
Earlier this week, Monroe County Circuit Court Robert Judge Irons issued an injunction barring surveyors for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline from entering the Brian and Doris McCurdy's property without their consent.More
Issues: PipelinesPooling
Newsletter WVSORO July 6, 2015
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Summer 2015
WV-SORO's Take on Forced Pooling Legislation and Its Fate | WV-SORO, Other Organizations Comment on New Air General Permit | Pipeline Companies Threaten, Sue Landowners for Survey Access More
Issues: PipelinesPollutionPoolingWater
Updates and Alerts WVSORO January 14, 2015
Pipeline Community Meetings & Open Houses Scheduled
Please join the Greenbrier River Watershed Association this Saturday, January 17 at 2PM at Jackson's Mill (West Virginia Building) near Weston, WV for an update on the proposed Mountain Valley, Appalachian Connector and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. More
Issues: Pipelines
Pipeline Advice WVSORO October 19, 2014
Eminent Domain: Can a Gas Company Put a Pipeline Across My Land If I Do Not Agree?
Eminent Domain update: West Virginia Supreme Court upholds Monroe County Judge 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). (Nov, 2016)More
Issues: Eminent domainPipelines
News WVSORO July 16, 2014
CONSOL and Noble Energy plan pipeline projects
Upshur, Barbour counties to get 37-mile gas pipeline, additional dry gas wellsMore
Issues: Pipelines
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