Issue: DEP

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BlogNews WVSORO July 8, 2016
Dave McMahon: West Virgina must get it right with gas
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
Document WVSORO September 25, 2015
WVSORO’S Position Regarding the Legislature’s Need to Act Due To DEP’s Non-Response to Horizontal Well Act Studies
The Horizontal Well Act passed in December, 2011. As the bill passed through the Legislature surface owners complained about the limited protections given to surface owners. One of the biggest complaints of surface owners during passage was the limited "setback" from people's homes. More
Issues: DEPHorizontal wellsLegislation
Document WVSORO May 5, 2014
Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) Permitting
Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) Permitting The driller is not supposed to inject fluids (other than drilling and fracing fluids necessary to drill the well) into a well without getting a permit from the State.  Below is the State’s materials regarding the permitting of UIC wells.  Some of the later pages are more explanatory than the […] More
Issues: DEPMinerals-Royalties
Newsletter WVSORO October 4, 2011
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Fall 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
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update don_alejandro August 1, 2011
When commenting on a permit for a new nearby gas well, especially a horizontal well, maybe you should comment on existing gas wells in the area
If there are existing gas wells close to where they are proposing to drill the new gas well, especially if the new well is a horizontal gas well, then there is one way in which the frac fluid could work its way out of the target formation being fraced for the new well and into your ground water. More
Issues: DEPHorizontal wells
Buying Land Advice WVSORO July 15, 2011
See Chapter 9 of the West Virginia Surface Owner’s Guide to Oil and Gas
We have one additional piece of advice since the publication of the Guide. You can use two state web sites to try to find if there are any wells near you and what their condition is. More
Issues: DEPOil and Gas
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO July 7, 2011
Look for springs when commenting on well site locations!
If the well site is constructed over a spring, the water coming out of the spring will destabilize the site. More
Issues: DEPOil and GasWater
Newsletter WVSORO October 7, 2010
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Fall 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
Blog WVSORO April 28, 2010
DEP review of oil and gas drilling regulatory program
DEP Secretary Randy Huffman has initiated a total review of the state’s regulation of oil and gas drilling in light of the increase in activity and the new techniques related to Marcellus Shale development. WV-SORO was invited to participate and provide a “laundry list” of the issues that we thought needed addressed. Our laundry list […] More
Issues: DEPOil and Gas
BlogDocument WVSORO October 1, 2009
Comments on the General Water Pollution Control Permit number GP-WV-1-07
In 2007, when the Office of Oil & Gas (OO&G) initially issued the permit, part of the rational given for issuing a general permit was “to allow for the collection of environmental data regarding volumes of produced water enerated from different coal-bearing strata More
Issues: Coal bed methaneDEPPollutionWater
Leasing / Amendment AdviceWV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO August 10, 2009
I am considering signing a lease or doing other business with a driller or landman for a company. Can I find out if that “operator” has a history of “violations” of state laws or rules?
You can find out information about “violations” on the West Virginia DEP, Office of Oil and Gas web site. But be aware that much enforcement is done informally without the state writing up official “violations” that will show up on this data base. More
Issues: DEPOil and Gas
Press Release WVSORO July 15, 2009
Groups applaud additions to oil & gas rules, but urge additional changes
A coalition of statewide organizations concerned about oil and gas issues is applauding amendments and additions to the rules that regulate drilling in West Virginia, but says additional changes are needed to more fully protect public health and the environment. More
Issues: DEPOil and Gas
Blog WVSORO April 20, 2009
WVSORO submits comments on proposed Marcellus Shale “Guidance”
The new large volume fracture process used in drilling/producing Marcellus Shale wells are a leap forward in technology, surface disturbance, water use and water disposal.  In a meager response the DEP announced by a press release  that it has issued a draft “Guidance” Document that will not have the force of law.  Although WVSORO thinks […] More
Issues: DEPMarcellus shale
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