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.
Advice and Updates
- West Virginia Surface Owners' Guide to Oil and Gas Summary and Updates
- Enacting Local City or County Ordinances
- Seismic and Geophysical
- Leasing / Amendments
- Partition Suits and Threats Thereof
- Gas Leaks
- Free Gas
- Buying Land
- Selling Land / Mineral Rights
- Abandoned wells
- Going on Land Where There is Drilling Activity
- Coal Bed Methane
What should I do?
- Advice for common situations and updates to Surface Owner's Guide
- You probably can refuse (or maybe block) a horizontal well on your land
- West Virginia Surface Owners' Guide to Oil and Gas
- Erosion and Sediment Control Manual (that drillers must follow)
- Reporting Violations: Information on Filing a Complaint with the WV DEP Office of Oil & Gas or the EPA
- How a Gas Well Is Drilled Down Into the Ground, and What Can Go Wrong
- Why Multiple Horizontal Wells from centralized well pads should be used for the Marcellus Shale
- Well Spacing and Royalty Sharing (a.k.a. Pooling or Unitization or Lease Integration). What is it?
- Lawyers, experts and water testers for surface owners
- State Office of Oil and Gas
- Information on the Marcellus Shale
- More Helpful Links and How To Find Information On Particular Gas Wells
- Marcellus Shale Play well examples
- Photo slide show for drilling of small shallow well.
- Bad Examples!
- Surface Owner Stories