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A study by scientists conventional vertical wells in West Virginia
Document WVSORO November 23, 2021
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Issues: Abandoned wells
West Virginia Supreme Court rules for surface owners and WVSORO on well pads
DocumentNewsUpdates and Alerts Kayla Young June 19, 2019
A highly anticipated and hugely important West Virginia Supreme Court decision agrees with surface owners and WVSORO!  The Court ruled that a driller has no right to put a well pad on a surface owner if the well bore is going to go horizontally beyond the mineral tract under the surface owner and into neighboring mineral tracts.  Virtually all horizontal well bores start in the mineral tract under the surface owner, but then also go into neighboring mineral tracts.  So drillers now need the consent/agreement of the surface owner for virtually all wells pads for horizontal wells -- or the surface owner can just say "No". More
Issues: Horizontal wellsMarcellus shaleOil and GasWell pads
Spring 2019 Newsletter – Pre Supreme Court Decisions
DocumentNewsletter Kayla Young June 11, 2019
Click to download our 2019 Spring newsletter for advice and news for surface owners. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsFrackingHorizontal wellsMarcellus shalenewsletterOil and Gas
Orphaned Well Prevention Act Fact Sheet
Document WVSORO February 15, 2019
The pace of the most widespread property rights and environmental disaster ever in West Virginia is exploding. The Legislature needs to act now & pass the “Orphaned Oil and Gas Well Prevention Act” (SB 576 & HB 3065)! Read our fact sheet to learn more about why this legislation is needed. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsOrphaned wellsPollutionWater
WV-SORO Outreach Coordinator Position Description
Document WVSORO November 1, 2018
The WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WV-SORO) seeks a part-time Outreach Coordinator (40-80 hours/month) to plan, manage, and execute the organization’s membership maintenance and support, communications, and outreach, including management of the membership database and website; composing and sending email updates and action alerts; press outreach; creation of a newsletter; and event planning and coordinating. See full job description and qualifications here.  More
Memo on Legislative Intent to Require Surface Owner Consent
Document WVSORO May 10, 2018
Memo showing that Legislature intended to require surface owner consent if the 2018 co-tenancy statute is used to drill into/develop not only the mineral tract directly under the surface tract, but to drill longer horizontal well bores into/to develop any other neighboring mineral tract.  More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLand useLegislation
2018 Co-tenancy Statute Showing Changes from Current Law
Document WVSORO May 9, 2018
The "enrolled" version of HB 4268 is the final version of the bill with the text that will be placed in code books but it does not show the changes to the law made by the 2018 co-tenancy statute. This version underscores new code language, strikes through deleted language, and includes a table of contents. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLegislationOrphaned wellsPooling
Press Release: Advice for mineral owners about selling their rights
Document WVSORO April 5, 2018
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Judge’s Order on “Implied Covenant” to Pool Leased Tracts
Document Julie Archer May 24, 2017
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Senate Energy, Industry, and Mining Committee
Document Julie Archer March 12, 2017
Contact information for Senate Energy, Industry, and Mining Committee members. More
House Judiciary Committee
Document Julie Archer March 12, 2017
Contact information for House Judiciary Committee members. More
Senate Judicary Committee
Document Julie Archer March 12, 2017
Contact information for Senate Judiciary Committee members. More
House Energy Committee
Document Julie Archer February 24, 2017
Contact information for House Energy Committee members. More
Surface Owners’ News – Winter 2017
Document WVSORO February 10, 2017
As we have in years past, our WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WV SORO) will again be pushing for legislation to have the property rights of surface owners recognized and respected, to increase their chances of owning some of the minerals under them, and to deal with orphaned wells and other environmental problems. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsDrilling wasteLand re-unionLegislationNuisance suitsPollution
Decision in E[Q]T Bluegrass vs. Blaney, Johnson and others
Document WVSORO January 23, 2017
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Issues: Partition suitsPooling
Poulos15-0907Concurring Opinion by Justice Ketchum
Document WVSORO December 16, 2016
Justice Ketchum filed a “Concurring Opinion” but said he would prefer to overrule Moss to make title opinions more certain. More
Issues: Coal bed methane
Poulos 15-0907 Court Opinion
Document WVSORO December 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 automatically not give or reserve rights to coalbed methane“ More
Issues: Coal bed methane
The West Virginia Legislature needs to implement the results of the 2011 Horizontal Well Act studies and require “fence-line monitoring”!
Document WVSORO December 9, 2016
When the Legislature passed the Horizontal Well Act in a special session in December 2011, about the only protection in the bill for surface owners was a requirement that the center of a well pad had to be 625 feet from a home. More
Issues: Fence-line monitoringHorizontal wellsLegislation
Draft bill requiring money from forfeited bonds to fix the problem that lead to the forfeiture
Document WVSORO December 8, 2016
If a drillers' bond is forfeited by the State, the money should be used first to fix the problem on landowner's land that caused the bond to be forfeited. More
Issues: LegislationReclamation fund
Use the Funds from Oil and Gas Operator Bond Forfeitures First to Take Care of the Problem That Caused The Forfeiture
Document WVSORO December 7, 2016
There is an "Oil and Gas Reclamation Fund" that in theory is supposed to be used to plug the thousands and thousands of oil and gas wells that have been orphaned over the last century by oil and gas drillers who go out of business without plugging them. In reality, from 2010 to 2014 there was only enough money in the fund to plug just 6 orphaned wells! More
Issues: LegislationOrphaned wellsReclamation fund
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