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They are drilling or going to drill a well on my land. I want to have it re-seeded with vegetation I want, not the fescue etc. that is in the State’s soil erosion and sediment control manual. What can I do?
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO April 28, 2016
If you want re-vegetation with seeds other than that at page 32 of the State's Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Field Manual, then work on your driller before,during or after the comment period to use seed mixtures you get from your local soil conservation district More
Issues: Land useLegislationOil and Gas
If you own the coal you might be able to block or at least move a well site
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO March 15, 2016
This strategy will probably be used mostly by people who own the surface and the minerals, but whose land is subject to an old (or new) oil and gas lease signed by the current surface owners or their predecessors, and that lease allows the drilling of gas wells on the property. More
Issues: LeasingOil and Gas
Someone contacted me and wants to buy my interest in mineral/oil or gas property. Should I sell?
Selling Land / Mineral Rights Advice WVSORO November 27, 2015
As a general rule it is not a good idea in the long run to sell interests in oil and gas or other mineral properties. Many people who do not have much interest in or knowledge of oil and gas drilling and leasing sometimes end up owning an interest in a tract of oil and gas -- often through inheritance. More
Issues: Oil and Gas
Top 6 Pieces of Advice Before Signing a Gas Lease
Leasing / Amendment Advice don_alejandro August 11, 2015
Do not be be rushed to sign a lease in a few days. Your grandchildren – no, your great-grandchildren, can be bound by what you sign. More
Issues: LeasingOil and Gas
About “Coal Bed Methane”
Coal Bed Methane Advice WVSORO July 25, 2015
Coal Bed Methane is a methane gas that is “adsorbed” into coal by the pressure of water in coal seams deeper than 100 feet or so. More
Issues: Coal bed methaneOil and Gas
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?
Leasing / Amendment Advice WVSORO October 31, 2014
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
Have you been turned down for “free gas” because you did not have the mineral owner’s agreement?
Free Gas Advice WVSORO October 29, 2014
Some surface owners believe that just because you have a gas well on your property you have a right to free gas. That is not true. More
Issues: Leasing
About the industry/Governor’s”Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act” affecting most Marcellus Shale drilling
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO October 27, 2014
Read this first. The "Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act" (HB 401) passed in a special session of the Legislature on December 14, 2011, just 3 days after its introduction. It was totally the Governor's bill, with little reference to our proposed Surface Owners' Bill of Rights or to the bill proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the Manchin administration. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsMarcellus shale
Eminent Domain: Can a Gas Company Put a Pipeline Across My Land If I Do Not Agree?
Pipeline Advice WVSORO October 19, 2014
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
Problems with fumes or noise from idling trucks.
Noise Advice WVSORO October 11, 2014
Some surface owners have complained about the diesel exhaust fumes and noise caused by heavy trucks waiting in line at well sites and staging areas for frac jobs etc. More
Issues: NoisePollution
Water Testing Before Drilling Starts: Why and How
Water Advice WVSORO October 1, 2013
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
If the driller’s proposed well pad is in a FEMA 100-year “flood hazard” zone, you may be able to block it or make them move it
Floodplains AdviceWV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO June 3, 2013
In order for people in your county to be able to get flood insurance, or receive benefits from FEMA in the event of a flood (or maybe other) disaster, the county (or municipality if you happen to be in a town or city) has to have a “floodplain ordinance”. More
Issues: FloodplainsOil and Gas
Legal opinion on the right of interested citizens to go on to the surface of land they do not own that is being used for oil or gas well drilling and related activities
Going on Land Where There is Drilling Activity - Advice don_alejandro May 8, 2013
A member of the Sierra Club asked me for a legal opinion on the right of interested citizens to go on to the surface of land they do not own that is being used for oil or gas well drilling and related activities. More
Issues: Oil and Gas
Is there an exhausted, unplugged well on your surface or holding the lease on your mineral tract? What can you do about it?
Abandoned Well Advice WVSORO May 8, 2013
Are you a mineral owner with a gas well on your mineral tract or a surface-only owner with a non-producing well on your land? More
Issues: Abandoned wellsLeasing
The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Pipeline Advice WVSORO June 24, 2012
The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation regulates safety for all pipelines but gathering lines (but delegates some of its duties to state agencies). For information on PHMSA’s activities click on their “states” page and go to “West Virginia”. Be aware that incidents are reported only if the pipeline operator considers them reportable. More
The experience of one landowner in Upshur County who signed a permit
Seismic and Geophysical Advice WVSORO October 20, 2011
Dawson did put the GPS for my animals in the helicopter navigation computers. However, at least twice they were headed my way, spotted me out doors, then changed course. They still come within a 100 feet horizontally of the animals but they will not fly directly over, unless no one is looking. More
Issues: NoiseSeismic testing
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