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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
WVU Extension Hosting Pipeline Educational Meetings Next Week
Updates and Alerts WVSORO October 8, 2015
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
Comments Needed on Noise from Compressor Stations Sept. 1 & 14: August 7, 2015
Updates and Alerts WVSORO August 29, 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
WV Landowners Win Injunction to Bar Pipeline Surveyors
Updates and Alerts WVSORO August 7, 2015
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
Summer 2015 Edition of Surface Owners’ News Available
Updates and Alerts WVSORO July 6, 2015
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
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