Issue: Water

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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
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 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
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
Water Advice WVSORO October 1, 2013
Water Testing Before Drilling Starts: Why and How
It is becoming more and more evident that testing of a well or spring water source, especially a household/drinking water source, is an absolute necessity before a natural gas well is drilled in one’s area. More
Issues: Oil and GasPollutionWater
Document WVSORO January 30, 2012
The West Virginia Surface Owners’ Bill of Rights (pdf)
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: FrackingOil and GasPipelinesWater
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO July 7, 2011
Look for springs when commenting on well site locations!
If the well site is constructed over a spring, the water coming out of the spring will destabilize the site.More
Issues: DEPOil and GasWater
Newsletter WVSORO March 31, 2011
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Spring 2011
House Committee Holds Hearing on Marcellus Shale Drilling | Legislature Fails to Address Drilling Concerns | Water Testing Before Drilling Starts: Why and HowMore
Issues: LeasingMarcellus shaleWater
Blog WVSORO October 1, 2010
EPA Study of Hydraulic Fracturing’s Potential Impact on Drinking Water
In a major, nationwide effort, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is studying the relationship between hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drinking water. More
Issues: FrackingPollutionWater
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
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO May 5, 2010
Drill water wells as a strategy to protect your rights as a surface owner
Drillers are, under the common law, only supposed to do what is "reasonably necessary" to the surface to get their minerals out -- giving "due regard to" and "accommodating" the surface owner's uses. It is supposed to be a balance. Drillers have many advantages they can use to tilt the balance their way. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsOil and GasWater
Newsletter WVSORO February 12, 2010
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Winter 2010
Surface Owners’ Rights Recognition Act Introduced Bill will give more notice, say to landowners | Strengthening Drilling Rules and Protecting Our Water Resources | Dirty Pool Under the DomeMore
Issues: LegislationWater
BlogDocument WVSORO October 1, 2009
Comments on the General Water Pollution Control Permit number GP-WV-1-07
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
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