Current Issues and Events

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Advice for mineral owners approached about selling their rights
Press Release WVSORO Apr 5 2018
Mineral owners contact us on a regular basis with questions because they have been approached by a company or individual that is offering to buy their mineral rights. Often the first question someone asks us is, ‘How much should I sell for?’  We think that is the wrong first question. The first question you should ask is, ‘Should I sell at all?’  And the answer is almost always, ‘No!’ Although there are some exceptions/situations where you may want to sell, generally it is a bad idea. It's better to retain your rights, than let others reap the long-term profits. More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-Royalties
Send Us Your Questions on Co-Tenancy; Community Organizing Summit
Updates and Alerts WVSORO Mar 26 2018
Now that the legislative session is over, we are starting to put together more information to help surface and mineral owners understand the new co-tenancy law, which goes into effect June 3, and you can help us by sending us your questions. We will use your responses to help us develop answers to a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about co-tenancy. Once the FAQ is ready we'll make it available on our website. In the meantime, our co-founder and attorney, Dave McMahon will lead a session on Co-Tenancy, Forced Pooling, Right To Trespass, and Protecting Your Land on Saturday, April 7 at the Community Organizing Summit at Jackson's Mill. The summit runs April 6-8 and is open to members of grassroots groups and individuals, especially those who want to develop skills and tools to protect their communities from oil and gas extraction and related infrastructure development. More details here. More
Issues: FrackingHorizontal wellsMarcellus shaleMinerals-RoyaltiesPipelinesPollutionPooling
WV-SORO 2018 Legislative Priorities
Blog WVSORO Jan 5 2018
Legislation to have the property rights of surface owners recognized, to increase their chances of owning some of the minerals under them, and to deal with orphaned wells and other environmental problems, continue to be WV-SORO's legislative priorities for 2018.  We will also be active opposing legislation the industry introduces (out of its sense of entitlement) which will harm the interests of surface owners (including some fortunate few of whom are also small mineral interest owners). More
Issues: Abandoned wellsEminent domainFence-line monitoringHorizontal wellsLand re-unionOrphaned wellsPipelines
In Court: WV-SORO Litigation Update
Blog Julie Archer Feb 7 2017
Here is a brief update on some court cases we've been involved in or monitoring that affect West Virginia surface owners. Because one-third of WV-SORO members also own an interest in their underlying minerals, so we are including updates on cases that affect some mineral owners. More
Issues: Coal bed methaneEminent domainLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPartition suitsPipelines
Court Approves Drilling Waste Settlement with EPA
Press Release Julie Archer Dec 29 2016
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia formally approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations. which requires the agency to review and, if necessary, revise its rules for the disposal and handling of dangerous and harmful oil and gas wastes, such as those that result from drilling and fracking. More
Issues: Drillilng wasteEPAFrackingPollution
Eminent Domain Update
Pipeline Advice WVSORO Dec 16 2016
In November 2016, The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the Monroe County Circuit Court judge saying Mountain Valley transmission pipeline conveying gas only out of State is not for a "public purpose" to West Virginians and so cannot use eminent domain (and cannot force access for surveying) More
Issues: Eminent domainPipelines
Dave McMahon: West Virgina must get it right with gas
BlogNews WVSORO Jul 8 2016
I write in response to “Conservation makes for good business,” an op-ed column by a top official of Antero, a natural gas company, published May 28. More
Issues: DEPHorizontal wellsMarcellus shaleOil and Gas
West Virginia Supreme Court cites WVSORO “amicus brief” regarding ownership of coalbed methane
Blog WVSORO Dec 16 2016
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled in the Moss case in 2003 that leases and deeds that granted or reserved rights to “oil and gas” or “natural gas” did not automatically give or reserve rights to coalbed methane More
Issues: Coal bed methane
Upcoming Events and Webinars Presented by the Penn State Cooperative Extension
Blog WVSORO Dec 15 2014
View upcoming Events and Webinars Presented by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Archived presentations are available here More
Issues: Oil and Gas
Anti-Nuisance Suit Bill Dead; Solid Waste Bill Amended
Updates and Alerts WVSORO Mar 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
WVSORO testifies for its members and E-Council for “green completion drilling”
Blog WVSORO Sep 28 2015
Testimony of David McMahon, J.D. before the Environmental Protection Agency Oil and Natural Gas Sector Re: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources. Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0505 More
Issues: EPAGreen completion drilling
Drillers can NOT pool a mineral owner’s lease without authorization!
Leasing / Amendment Advice WVSORO Nov 8 2016
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
Who is Helped and Who is Hurt by a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill
Blog WVSORO Jan 12 2016
Who does a good forced pooling statute hurt or help? More
Issues: LegislationPooling
What Has to Be in a Forced Pooling Bill for it to Be a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill
BlogDocument WVSORO Jan 12 2016
A forced horizontal unitization/pooling/integration bill is only a good idea if: More
Issues: LegislationPooling
What Is in the “Horizontal Well Act Studies Implementation Bill” Surface Owners Need Before a Pooling Bill Should Pass
Blog WVSORO Jan 12 2016
Provisions of Proposed Bill Implementing Findings of Studies Required By the Horizontal Well Act More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLegislation
WV Citizens Join National Groups Filing Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste
Press Release WVSORO Aug 26 2015
A coalition of environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. More
Issues: Drillilng wasteEPAOil and Gas
Legislative Wrap-Up and Update
Updates and Alerts WVSORO Apr 9 2015
WV-SORO's Take on the 2015 Forced Pooling Legislation and Its Fate More
Issues: Horizontal wellsPooling
Surface Owners’ Responses to the Myths and Distortions Put Out by the Industry On the Dangers of Marcellus Shale Horizontal Drilling
Blog WVSORO Nov 7 2011
Serious environmental concerns, plus concerns about abuses of surface owners are a result of Marcellus Shale horizontal drilling More
Issues: Horizontal wellsMarcellus shale
The industrialization of rural West Virginia caused by the Marcellus Shale gas play
Resource Gallery WVSORO Dec 12 2010
A few years ago, Marcellus Shale gas was unrecoverable, and West Virginia was a relative backwater in the oil and gas industry. The new techniques of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have made a sea change in all of that. More
Issues: Marcellus shaleRural industrialization
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