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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
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 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
Document WVSORO February 10, 2017
Surface Owners’ News – Winter 2017
As we have in years past, our WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WV SORO) will again be pushing for legislation to have the property rights of surface owners recognized and respected, to increase their chances of owning some of the minerals under them, and to deal with orphaned wells and other environmental problems. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsDrillilng wasteLand re-unionLegislationNuisance suitsPollution
Blog Julie Archer February 8, 2017
WV-SORO 2017 Legislative Priorities
WV-SORO will again be pushing for legislation to have the property rights of surface owners recognized and respected, to increase their chances of owning some of the minerals under them, and to deal with orphaned wells and other environmental problems. We will also be actively opposing legislation the industry introduces (out of its sense of entitlement) that will harm the interests of surface owners. More
Issues: Abandoned wellsFence-line monitoringLand re-unionOrphaned wellsPollution
Newsletter Julie Archer February 8, 2017
Surface Owners’ News – Winter 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 wellsDrillilng wasteLand re-unionLegislationNuisance suitsPollution
Press Release Julie Archer December 29, 2016
Court Approves Drilling Waste Settlement with EPA
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia formally approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations. which requires the agency to review and, if necessary, revise its rules for the disposal and handling of dangerous and harmful oil and gas wastes, such as those that result from drilling and fracking. More
Issues: Drillilng wasteEPAFrackingPollution
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 28, 2016
Some Good News
Earlier today, SB 596, the pipeline survey access (or "right to trespass") bill was soundly defeated on the Senate floor, with only 11 Senators voting in favor and 23 opposed. More
Issues: LegislationNuisance suitsPollution
Updates and Alerts WVSORO January 30, 2016
Action Needed to Stop Lease Integration, Implement Study Recommendations
Happy New Year from WV-SORO! Although Winter Storm Jonas is now behind us, the WV Legislature is continuing its work in Charleston through March 13. Please keep reading to learn more about what we've been up to and issues that are coming up during the 2016 legislative session. More
Issues: Drillilng wasteHorizontal wellsLegislationPollution
Updates and Alerts WVSORO November 3, 2015
Events of interest to WV-SORO members
Public Meeting on Air Quality Permit for Proposed Water Treatment Facility in Doddridge Co.; Free Screening of Josh Fox Short Film "Gaswork" in Buckhannon on Thursday, Citizen Hearings on Fracking Air Pollution & New EPA Rules, Nov. 7 & Nov. 9. More
Issues: Oil and GasPollution
Newsletter WVSORO July 6, 2015
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Summer 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
Updates and Alerts WVSORO March 5, 2015
Tell Delegates Not to Weaken Water Protections
After a long, frustrating and complicated stakeholder process -- a process that led to confusion among our friends in the legislature about how environmental and citizen groups felt about the bill that resulted -- the WV State Senate voted overwhelmingly to amend the Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Act. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
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
Noise Advice WVSORO October 11, 2014
Problems with fumes or noise from idling trucks.
Some surface owners have complained about the diesel exhaust fumes and noise caused by heavy trucks waiting in line at well sites and staging areas for frac jobs etc. More
Issues: NoisePollution
Newsletter WVSORO May 20, 2014
WVSORO Surface Owners’ News – Spring 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
Water Advice WVSORO October 1, 2013
Water Testing Before Drilling Starts: Why and How
It is becoming more and more evident that testing of a well or spring water source, especially a household/drinking water source, is an absolute necessity before a natural gas well is drilled in one’s area. More
Issues: Oil and GasPollutionWater
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