Issue: Minerals-Royalties

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Aquiring Mineral Rights Under Your LandSelling Land / Surface Owners Advice WVSORO August 2, 2018
Don’t Sell Your Surface Land in Horizontal/Shale Drilling Country!
Under the new 2018 Cotenancy statute, and even under an older statute that oil and gas well drillers sometimes use, surface owners could end up owning an interest in the oil and gas minerals under their surface tract! More
Issues: Minerals-Royalties
Press Release WVSORO June 24, 2018
West Virginia’s 2018 mineral cotenancy statute is takes effect
The Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act which passed the 2018 West Virginia Legislature took effect June 3, 2018.  It made big changes in oil and gas leasing and surface owners’ rights. Most importantly, if the driller is using the 2018 co-tenancy 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! Additionally, the Act will definitely affect negotiations of leases from all mineral owners. WV-SORO has added two new pages to our website to help surface and mineral owners better understand the new law and what to do if they are affected. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
Updates and Alerts WVSORO June 8, 2018
Co-Tenancy Law Now in Effect; WVU Research Project Seeks to Interview Landowners
Earlier this week, the “Co-Tenancy Moderation and Majority Protection Act” enacted during the 2018 legislative session, went into effect. WV-SORO has added two new pages to our website to help surface and mineral owners better understand the new law and what to do if they are affected. We've also provided a brief update on some court cases we've benn involved in or monitoring that affect West Virginia surface owners and some mineral owners. Finally, we wanted to let you know about a WVU research project seeking to interview landowners to better understand their experiences with natural gas extraction near their homes and in their communities. More
Issues: FrackingHorizontal wellsLand useMinerals-RoyaltiesNuisance suitsPooling
Leasing / Amendment Advice WVSORO June 6, 2018
What the 2018 Cotenancy Law (HB 4268) Means for WV Mineral Owners/Leasing
This web page explains the expected change in leasing dynamics that will occur after the 2018 cotenancy statute takes effect and the provisions  of the statute. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
Press Release WVSORO April 5, 2018
Advice for mineral owners approached about selling their rights
Mineral owners contact us on a regular basis with questions because they have been approached by a company or individual that is offering to buy their mineral rights. Often the first question someone asks us is, ‘How much should I sell for?’  We think that is the wrong first question. The first question you should ask is, ‘Should I sell at all?’  And the answer is almost always, ‘No!’ Although there are some exceptions/situations where you may want to sell, generally it is a bad idea. It's better to retain your rights, than let others reap the long-term profits. More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-Royalties
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 March 1, 2018
“Co-Tenancy” Advances to the Senate Floor Unchanged
Since we wrote to you last week, the “co-tenancy” bill (HB 4268), has passed two committees unchanged and is now on the Senate floor. In other news, the Senate unanimously passed SB 360, which would change the way royalties are calculated for flat-rate leases. Unfortunately, most of the bills that were a priority for WV-SORO this legislative session are dead because they were not taken up by their assigned committees and sent to the floor in time to meet yesterday’s deadline (often referred to as Crossover Day) for bills to be out of the house of origin. More
Issues: Eminent domainFence-line monitoringHorizontal wellsLand re-unionMinerals-RoyaltiesNoisePooling
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 10, 2018
Improved “Co-Tenancy” Bill Clears House Judiciary Committee
After yesterday's public hearing on the "co-tenancy" bill (HB 4268), the House Judiciary Committee took up and passed an improved version of the bill that, most importantly, addresses the problems we raised regarding surface use and the need to require surface owner's consent. If version of HB 4268 that came out of the House Judiciary Committee passes, if the driller uses the statute to get the right to drill into the mineral tract beneath a surface owners' land or into any neighboring mineral tract, the driller will have to get the agreement of the surface owner to locate the well pad on their surface. Requiring the surface owners consent is very important, and a significant improvement that makes it worth supporting the bill. Why? Read more here. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsLand re-unionLeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesOrphaned wellsPooling
Updates and Alerts WVSORO February 6, 2018
Public Hearing on “Co-Tenancy” Friday, Feb. 9 at 8:30AM
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the "co-tenancy" bill (HB 4268) Friday, February 9 at 8:30AM in the House Chamber. Read this post for more details and talking points about the bill. More
Issues: Horizontal wellsMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer April 1, 2017
Public Hearing Monday on Forced Pooling Bill
The House Energy Committee will hold a public hearing on the forced pooling bill (SB 576) Monday, April 3 from 9AM to 10AM in the House Chamber. Read this post for more details and talking points about the bill. More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
Updates and Alerts Julie Archer March 26, 2017
Forced Pooling, Land Reunion Bills Advancing
WV-SORO continues to oppose the latest version of the forced pooling legislation (SB 576), although we appreciate efforts to improve it. Our concerns are outlined here. We're glad to report our 'land reunion' bill (SB 369) is moving and we're hopeful it will be passed by the Senate later this week. More
Issues: Land re-unionLand useMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
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
Document WVSORO October 31, 2014
Federal Judge Rules That “Fracking” into Neighboring Tracts Is a Trespass
Mineral owners should know that a driller who, without a proper lease, “fracks” into their mineral tract from a well bore on a neighboring mineral tract is trespassing, and that driller might be made to pay for the total value of the gas obtained that way More
Issues: FrackingLeasingMinerals-Royalties
Leasing / Amendment Advice WVSORO October 31, 2014
If I Don’t Sign a Lease (Or Sign a Pooling Amendment to an Existing Lease) Can They Drill Next to Me and Take My Gas Without Paying Me for It?
This issue is most likely to come up when a company's landman approaches you as a mineral tract owner to either sign a lease that includes a pooling clause, or to sign an amendment to an old existing lease that would allow for pooling. More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesPooling
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
Blog WVSORO January 29, 2010
Information on Columbia/Chesapeake and Dominion Class Action Settlements
Updated1/29/2010 Information on Columbia/Chesapeake and Dominion Class Action Settlements [Updated1/29/2010] If you are a mineral owner whose wells are owned by Columbia Natural Resources, LLC (formerly Columbia Natural Resources, Inc.), NiSource Inc., Columbia Energy Group and Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. or Dominion Resources and are looking for information on the class action settlements visit the appropriate […] More
Issues: Minerals-Royalties
Press Release WVSORO January 25, 2010
Landman Report Card Website Launched
A Resource to Support Citizens Negotiating with Big Energy More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-Royalties
Blog WVSORO July 1, 2009
W. Va. Geologic and Economic Survey site with plats and completion reports for wells on line
W. Va. Geologic and Economic Survey site with plats and completion reports for wells on line Go here to find the plat maps that the driller files with the well permit application, and the completion reports that the driller files after the well has been fraced and goes into production.  (Occasionally production will show up […] More
Issues: Minerals-RoyaltiesOil and Gas
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