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“Right to Trespass” Bill Introduced in the House
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer February 24, 2017
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
Take Action: Zombie Bills to Aid Drillers Are Back
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer February 14, 2017
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
Anti-Nuisance Suit Bill Dead; Solid Waste Bill Amended
Updates and Alerts WVSORO March 12, 2016
Today is the last day of the 2016 legislative session and it is now safe to say that SB 508, the anti-nuisance suit bill, is officially dead. More
Issues: Drillilng wasteLegislationNuisance suits
Fate of Anti-Nuisance Suit Bill Uncertain; Drilling Waste Bill Advances
Updates and Alerts WVSORO March 6, 2016
Thanks to everyone who has responded to our calls for action -- your calls and emails to legislators can and do make a difference. As we head into the final week of the legislative session, we're relieved that several bills to benefit the oil and gas industry have died.More
Issues: Drillilng wasteLegislationNuisance suits
Some Good News
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 28, 2016
Earlier today, SB 596, the pipeline survey access (or "right to trespass") bill was soundly defeated on the Senate floor, with only 11 Senators voting in favor and 23 opposed. More
Issues: LegislationNuisance suitsPollution
Legislature Adds Insult to Injury with Bills to Aid Drillers
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 21, 2016
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
SB 508 Eliminates Laws That Ensure You Can Feel Safe and Enjoy Your Home
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 15, 2016
Last week we told you about SB 508, a bill that would take away citizens' ability to bring "nuisance" suits against against oil and gas drillers or others who engage in activities that harm their property values or interfere with the enjoyment and use of their property. More
Issues: LegislationNuisance suitsOil and Gas
Act Now to Stop SB 508
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 7, 2016
Earlier this week, seven Senators introduced SB 508, which would take away citizens' ability to bring "nuisance" suits against against oil and gas drillers. More
Issues: LegislationNuisance suits
Action Needed to Stop Lease Integration, Implement Study Recommendations
Updates and Alerts WVSORO January 30, 2016
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
Events of interest to WV-SORO members
Updates and Alerts WVSORO November 3, 2015
Public Meeting on Air Quality Permit for Proposed Water Treatment Facility in Doddridge Co.; Free Screening of Josh Fox Short Film "Gaswork" in Buckhannon on Thursday, Citizen Hearings on Fracking Air Pollution & New EPA Rules, Nov. 7 & Nov. 9. More
Issues: Oil and GasPollution
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