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AdviceWV Surface Owners' Guide Update WVSORO June 6, 2018
The 2018 Cotenancy Law (HB 4268) Does Good Things for Surface Owners
The 2018 cotenancy statute has significant benefits for surface owner. Most importantly, if the driller is using the 2018 cotenancy statute to drill a well, then the well pad and roads, etc. needed to drill that well cannot be placed on a surface owner’s land without the surface owner's consent! If you are a surface owner read this post to learn more about how the new cotenancy law affects you. More
Issues: Fence-line monitoringHorizontal wellsLand re-unionLand useOrphaned wellsPipelines
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
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 19, 2018
“Co-Tenancy” Bill Passes House of Delegates
On Thursday, the House of Delegates passes a the “co-tenancy” bill (HB 4268), with 60 votes for, and 40 votes against. As the bill came to the floor from the House Judiciary Committee it contained important protections for surface owners, requiring their consent for any surface disturbance whenever the co-tenancy law is used to develop the mineral tract beneath a surface owners’ land or into any neighboring mineral tract, regardless of whether the surface owner owns an interest in the mineral tract being developed. This is significant. The bill also contained protections for the non-consenting, and missing and unknown mineral owners that were not included in the introduced bill. On the floor, two other amendments were adopted that provide additional protections for these mineral owners. HB 4268 is now in the Senate where it has been assigned to the Energy, Industry, and Mining Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. More
Issues: Eminent domainFrackingHorizontal wellsLand re-unionOrphaned wellsPipelinesPollutionPoolingReclamation fund
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 4, 2018
“Co-Tenancy” Bill Advances Without Changes, Public Hearing Possible Wednesday
Last week the House Energy Committee passed the "co-tenancy" bill (HB 4268) without any changes. HB 4268 is problematic in a number of ways which we've outlined in detail here, and we remain opposed to the bill unless these issues are addressed. The bill is now before the House Judiciary Committee. A public hearing has been requested and will possibly be held this Wednesday, February 7 although there has been no official announcement yet. In the meantime, please contact House Judiciary Committee members and voice your concerns about HB 4268.  More
Issues: Eminent domainFence-line monitoringPipelinesPollutionPooling
Updates and Alerts WVSORO January 27, 2018
“Co-Tenancy” Bill Being Considered by House Energy Committee
A "co-tenancy" bill (HB 4268) is now being considered by the House Energy Committee. HB 4268 is problematic in a number of ways which we've outlined here. Please contact members of the House Energy Committee and voice your concerns about HB 4268. Urge them to prioritize other legislation before them that will help those most affect by drilling and natural gas infrastructure. More
Issues: Eminent domainFence-line monitoringHorizontal wellsPipelinesPooling
Blog WVSORO January 5, 2018
WV-SORO 2018 Legislative Priorities
Legislation to have the property rights of surface owners recognized, to increase their chances of owning some of the minerals under them, and to deal with orphaned wells and other environmental problems, continue to be WV-SORO's legislative priorities for 2018.  We will also be active opposing legislation the industry introduces (out of its sense of entitlement) which will harm the interests of surface owners (including some fortunate few of whom are also small mineral interest owners). More
Issues: Abandoned wellsEminent domainFence-line monitoringHorizontal wellsLand re-unionOrphaned wellsPipelines
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer March 19, 2017
Forced Pooling Bill Taken Up by Senate Committee
The forced pooling bill was taken up the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the House of Delegates bills were introduced to require fence-line monitoring of pollution from horizontal drilling sites and improve compensation for landowners in eminent domain proceedings. The House passed an amended version of a bill regulating aboveground storage tanks. More
Issues: Eminent domainFence-line monitoringPipelinesPollutionPooling
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer March 12, 2017
New Forced Pooling Bill Introduced in the Senate
A new forced pooling bill, SB 576, was introduced in the state Senate. The devil is in the details and SB 576 is one of the worst bills yet introduced. We also have news on aboveground storage tank and pipeline legislation, as well as our "Land Reunion" act. More
Issues: Eminent domainLand re-unionLeasingPipelinesPollutionPoolingWater
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer February 24, 2017
“Right to Trespass” Bill Introduced in the House
Please contact House Energy Committee members and your delegates and tell them to oppose this attempt to take away the property rights of West Virginians. More
Issues: Eminent domainFence-line monitoringLand re-unionOrphaned wellsPipelines
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer February 14, 2017
Take Action: Zombie Bills to Aid Drillers Are Back
As we anticipated, some bad bills that aid drillers at the expense of West Virginia landowners — bills that were either soundly defeated or stalled a different points in the legislative process in 2016 — are starting to reemerge this session. Tell your Senators to oppose these shameful attempts to take away the property rights of West Virginians. More
Issues: Eminent domainLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPipelinesPooling
Blog Julie Archer February 7, 2017
In Court: WV-SORO Litigation Update
Here is a brief update on some court cases we've been involved in or monitoring that affect West Virginia surface owners. Because one-third of WV-SORO members also own an interest in their underlying minerals, so we are including updates on cases that affect some mineral owners. More
Issues: Coal bed methaneEminent domainLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPartition suitsPipelines
Blog Julie Archer February 6, 2017
Zombie Bills? Bad Bills to Aid Drillers Could Be Back in 2017
Several bad bills that help oil and gas drillers at the expense of West Virginia landowners could be back during the 2017 legislative session. These include efforts to take away citizens ability to bring nuisance suits, give pipeline companies the right to survey people's land without their permission, and one-sided forced pooling bills (AKA joint development). More
Issues: Eminent domainNuisance suitsPipelinesPooling
Pipeline Advice WVSORO December 16, 2016
Eminent Domain Update
In November 2016, The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the Monroe County Circuit Court judge saying Mountain Valley transmission pipeline conveying gas only out of State is not for a "public purpose" to West Virginians and so cannot use eminent domain (and cannot force access for surveying) More
Issues: Eminent domainPipelines
Pipeline Advice WVSORO May 31, 2016
What Land/Surface Owners Should Know When a Landman Shows Up And Wants an Easement/Right of Way To Put a Pipeline Across Your Land
By 2013 we found out that Marcellus Shale pipelines are worth way MORE than that. If you are only being offered $1 per inch per foot, you are getting underpaid. More
Issues: Pipelines
Updates and Alerts WVSORO October 8, 2015
WVU Extension Hosting Pipeline Educational Meetings Next Week
Next week, as part of its Natural Gas Education Programs for Fall 2015, the WVU Extension Service is hosting three meetings next week (October 12, 13 and 14) to help landowners make sense of natural gas pipelines and right-of-way agreements. More
Issues: Pipelines
Updates and Alerts WVSORO August 29, 2015
Comments Needed on Noise from Compressor Stations Sept. 1 & 14: August 7, 2015
The DEP Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is considering issuing a revised "general permit" for air quality at compressor stations (G35-C). There are downsides to general permits, which we detailed in our recent newsletter. More
Issues: NoisePipelines
Updates and Alerts WVSORO August 7, 2015
WV Landowners Win Injunction to Bar Pipeline Surveyors
Earlier this week, Monroe County Circuit Court Robert Judge Irons issued an injunction barring surveyors for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline from entering the Brian and Doris McCurdy's property without their consent. More
Issues: PipelinesPooling
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