Issue: Pooling

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Updates and Alerts Julie Archer April 8, 2017
Legislative Update and Thank YOU; Fracking Guide and Webinar
Today is the last day of the 2017 legislative session. You've probably heard that the industry's re-branded forced pooling legislation (SB 576) was officially declared dead earlier in the week by the chair of the House Energy Committee. More
Issues: FrackingLand re-unionPooling
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer April 1, 2017
Public Hearing Monday on Forced Pooling Bill
The House Energy Committee will hold a public hearing on the forced pooling bill (SB 576) Monday, April 3 from 9AM to 10AM in the House Chamber. Read this post for more details and talking points about the bill. More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer March 26, 2017
Forced Pooling, Land Reunion Bills Advancing
WV-SORO continues to oppose the latest version of the forced pooling legislation (SB 576), although we appreciate efforts to improve it. Our concerns are outlined here. We're glad to report our 'land reunion' bill (SB 369) is moving and we're hopeful it will be passed by the Senate later this week. More
Issues: Land re-unionLand useMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
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 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 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
Partition Suit Advice WVSORO January 23, 2017
Partition Decision by Circuit Court Judge Favors Mineral Owner
A new decision in E[Q]T Bluegrass vs. Blaney, Johnson and others has been issued by a Ritchie (and Doddridge and Pleasants) County Circuit Court Judge Sweeney. It favors a mineral owner over a driller. More
Issues: Partition suitsPooling
Leasing / Amendment Advice WVSORO November 8, 2016
Drillers can NOT pool a mineral owner’s lease without authorization!
If a Driller or Landman Tells You They Can Pool Your Mineral Land Without a Pooling Provision in a Lease or an Amendment, Don't Believe Them!More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLeasingPooling
Leasing / Amendment Advice WVSORO November 8, 2016
Eleven reasons why a judge was wrong to imply a lease covenant to pool
Here Are the Eleven Reasons That The Tyler County Circuit Court Judge's Ruling Is Wrong, And Why No Other Circuit Court Judge nor the Supreme Court Should Agree With the Ruling. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLeasingPooling
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 21, 2016
Legislature Adds Insult to Injury with Bills to Aid Drillers
It was bad enough that the Legislature and Governor Tomblin included few protections for surface owners in the Horizontal Well Act when the state finally updated antiquated drilling laws in 2011. Instead, the Legislature included an arbitrary setback of 625 feet from the center of the pad in the Act.More
Issues: LegislationNuisance suitsPooling
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
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 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 April 9, 2015
Legislative Wrap-Up and Update
WV-SORO's Take on the 2015 Forced Pooling Legislation and Its FateMore
Issues: Horizontal wellsPooling
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 24, 2015
Drinking Water Protections, Aboveground Storage Tank Act Under Attack
There are only three weeks left in the 2015 Legislative Session and we wanted to make you aware (if you haven't heard about them already in the news or from other sources) of several bills related to oil and gas development that are working their way through the process. More
Issues: Marcellus shalePollutionPoolingWater
Leasing / Amendment Advice WVSORO October 31, 2014
If I Don’t Sign a Lease (Or Sign a Pooling Amendment to an Existing Lease) Can They Drill Next to Me and Take My Gas Without Paying Me for It?
This issue is most likely to come up when a company's landman approaches you as a mineral tract owner to either sign a lease that includes a pooling clause, or to sign an amendment to an old existing lease that would allow for pooling.More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
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