Issue: Marcellus shale

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Updates and Alerts WVSORO March 26, 2018
Send Us Your Questions on Co-Tenancy; Community Organizing Summit
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
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
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 24, 2015
Drinking Water Protections, Aboveground Storage Tank Act Under Attack
There are only three weeks left in the 2015 Legislative Session and we wanted to make you aware (if you haven't heard about them already in the news or from other sources) of several bills related to oil and gas development that are working their way through the process. More
Issues: Marcellus shalePollutionPoolingWater
WV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO October 27, 2014
About the industry/Governor’s”Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act” affecting most Marcellus Shale drilling
Read this first. The "Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act" (HB 401) passed in a special session of the Legislature on December 14, 2011, just 3 days after its introduction. It was totally the Governor's bill, with little reference to our proposed Surface Owners' Bill of Rights or to the bill proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the Manchin administration. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsMarcellus shale
Blog WVSORO June 10, 2013
Analysis of frac’ waste water for Wheeling City Council shows problems.
In my opinion, the City of Wheeling is "on its own" to make a decision whether to site the GreenHunter facility as proposed. There is no regulatory authority at the state or federal level for sighting or permitting the handling and disposal of waste at the proposed facility. More
Issues: Drilling wasteMarcellus shale
Newsletter WVSORO June 29, 2012
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Summer 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
Blog WVSORO March 27, 2012
Why Multiple Horizontal Wells from centralized well pads should be used for the Marcellus Shale
The Marcellus Shale is the newest “play” in gas drilling in West Virginia and other states in the East. It is different from other plays in that it produces much more gas, and is under much more area (as explained below) than previous plays. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLeasingMarcellus shale
Blog WVSORO December 9, 2011
Stronger Marcellus Shale Legislation Needed
In November the legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marcellus Shale recommended a bill to regulate Marcellus Shale drilling in West Virginia. Now that the committee has completed its work, a special session to adopt new drilling regulations now appears likely. More
Issues: LegislationMarcellus shaleOil and Gas
BlogSurface Owner Story WVSORO November 17, 2011
Battle for Wetzel County – Journey OnEarth documentary by Snag Films and Natural Resources Defense Council
In the mountains of rural West Virginia, it’s a modern day gold rush. Breakthroughs in technology are allowing gas companies to tap a resource hidden deep in the earth, but at what cost? More
Issues: Marcellus shale
Blog WVSORO November 7, 2011
Surface Owners’ Responses to the Myths and Distortions Put Out by the Industry On the Dangers of Marcellus Shale Horizontal Drilling
Serious environmental concerns, plus concerns about abuses of surface owners are a result of Marcellus Shale horizontal drilling More
Issues: Horizontal wellsMarcellus shale
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
Newsletter WVSORO March 31, 2011
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Spring 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
Press Release WVSORO March 13, 2011
Surface Owners, Environmental Council Urge Special Session on Marcellus Drilling
The lack of action taken by the House and the Senate to pass an effective and responsible bill to help regulate Marcellus Shale drilling, has the WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WV-SORO), the WV Environmental Council and others urging Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session to address environmental and other concerns related Marcellus Shale development. More
Issues: LegislationMarcellus shale
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