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Surface Owners’ News – 2023 Annual Print Edition
Newsletter Julie Archer November 30, 2023
In this issue: Surface Owners Can Sue Drillers to Plug Non-Producing Wells; Advocacy on Federal Regulations including the Third Payout of Federal Methane Reduction Funds, EPA's Methane Rule, and Federal Leasing; 2023 Legislative Update; Kanawha State Forest Gas Well Tour with WV Legislators and Staff; Farmland Preservation Now An Option for Surface-Only Owners; Citizen Air Monitoring Project; 2024 Legislative Priorities More
Issues: Abandoned wellsDEPEPAHorizontal wellsLand useOrphaned wells
Surface Owners’ News – 2022 Annual Print Edition
Newsletter Julie Archer November 19, 2022
In this issue: Some Orphaned Wells Are Starting to Get Plugged, But We Need Orphened Well Prevention Legislation; Plugging On You; Why the EPA Should Use Inflation Reduction Act Money to Find Fugitive Methane; 2022 Forced Pooling/Unitization Bill Protects Surface Owners; What to Do If You're Threatened with Forced Pooling/Unitization/Co-Tenancy; 2023 Legislative Priorities More
Issues: Abandoned wellsEPAOrphaned wellsPooling
Surface Owners’ News – Fall 2021
Newsletter WVSORO December 1, 2021
This issue includes several articles on the problems with unplugged, orphaned oil and gas wells, and what is (and isn't) being done to address these problems. We also take a look back at the 2021 legislative session, and a look ahead to 2022.  More
Issues: Aboveground tanksDEPLegislationOrphaned wells
Winter 2020/21 Newsletter
Newsletter WVSORO January 12, 2021
Read about valuing your surface rights, funding needed for the Office Oil and Gas, possible stimulus money to plug wells, a look back at our successes in the 2020 legislature, and a look at our 2121 Legislative priorities. More
Issues: FrackingHorizontal wellsLegislationOil and GasOrphaned wells
Spring 2020 eNewsletter
NewsletterUpdates and Alerts Kayla Young April 3, 2020
Because of coronavirus we could not do a timely spring, hard copy newsletter. Here is an unusually long update/eNewsletter to take its place. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsLand useLegislationOil and GasPartition suits
Winter 2019/2020 Newsletter
Newsletter WVSORO January 14, 2020
The West Virginia Supreme Court has issued a much anticipated decision upholding the property rights of surface owners when well drillers try to use their surface for the enormous well pads necessary to drill horizontally. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsWell 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
Surface Owners’ News – Winter 2017
Newsletter Julie Archer February 8, 2017
We know it's been a while since you've heard from us. As the 2017 legislative session gets underway, we wanted to let you know what we've been up to and what we'll be focusing on for the next 60 days. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsDrilling wasteLand re-unionLegislationNuisance suitsPollution
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Summer 2015
Newsletter WVSORO July 6, 2015
WV-SORO's Take on Forced Pooling Legislation and Its Fate | WV-SORO, Other Organizations Comment on New Air General Permit | Pipeline Companies Threaten, Sue Landowners for Survey Access More
Issues: PipelinesPollutionPoolingWater
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Spring 2014
Newsletter WVSORO May 20, 2014
The Horizontal Well Act passed in December 2011 required the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct three studies regarding various impacts from horizontal well drilling. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsNoiseOil and GasPollution
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Summer 2012
Newsletter WVSORO June 29, 2012
Legislature Passes Weak Marcellus Bill | ‘M word’ avoided at capitol. Bills related to drilling held off until ’13 | Bill Would Increase Opportunities to Rejoin Split Estates | WV-SORO Focusing on Litigation and the Courts More
Issues: FloodplainsLand re-unionMarcellus shale
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Fall 2011
Newsletter WVSORO October 4, 2011
Also see Earthworks Factsheet: Epa Hydraulic Fracturing Air Pollution Rules – Talking Points & Background Marcellus Shale Committee Making Progress on New Drilling Regulations, but Surface Owners’ Issues Remain Unaddressed | DEP Accepting Comments on Horizontal Drilling Rules More
Issues: DEPHorizontal wellsMarcellus shalePollution
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Spring 2011
Newsletter WVSORO March 31, 2011
House Committee Holds Hearing on Marcellus Shale Drilling | Legislature Fails to Address Drilling Concerns | Water Testing Before Drilling Starts: Why and How More
Issues: LeasingMarcellus shaleWater
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Fall 2010
Newsletter WVSORO October 7, 2010
WV-SORO Win: Ruling in Well Spacing Case Favors Surface Owners | DOH Establishes New Bonding Policy for Drillers | IRS may have ruled that “free” gas is not income More
Issues: DEPOil and GasPollution
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Spring 2010
Newsletter WVSORO May 8, 2010
Thanks (and No Thanks) to Legislators | Disappointing Session on Surface Owner Issues | Oil and Gas Rule Passes on Last Day More
Issues: LegislationOil and GasWater
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Winter 2010
Newsletter WVSORO February 12, 2010
Surface Owners’ Rights Recognition Act Introduced Bill will give more notice, say to landowners | Strengthening Drilling Rules and Protecting Our Water Resources | Dirty Pool Under the Dome More
Issues: LegislationWater
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Fall 2009
Newsletter WVSORO November 24, 2009
Judge Hears Oral Arguments in Marcellus Well Spacing Case | WV-SORO Responds to Drilling Rule Changes | What caused big fracking fluid spill in Doddridge County? More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shaleOil and GasPollution
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Summer 2009
Newsletter WVSORO June 11, 2009
A Surface Owner’s Journey through the Legislative Halls in Charleston | Legislative Wrap-Up: Bill of Rights Stalls, but Some Good News | WV SORO Comments on DEP Marcellus "Guidance" Document More
Issues: LegislationMarcellus shale
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Under the Dome 2009
Newsletter WVSORO March 9, 2009
Surface Owners’ Bill of Rights Introduced in the Senate; House Version Expected Soon More
Issues: LegislationOil and Gas
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Winter 2009
Newsletter WVSORO February 10, 2009
Legislative Study Committee Hears from Landowners, Industry | Tawney Gas Royalties Case Settled, New Leases Allow Companies to Deduct Expenses More
Issues: LeasingLegislationOil and Gas
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