Issue: Minerals-Royalties

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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
Document WVSORO June 3, 2009
Order allowing WVSORO to intervene
WV SORO allowed to intervene in the petition for appeal filed by the Coal Association and the Pocahontas Land Company and others More
Issues: Marcellus shaleMinerals-Royalties
Blog WVSORO October 25, 2008
Explanation of the Importance Of the “West Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Field Manual” To Surface Owners.
Technically the Manual presents “best management practices”. But according to the Manual, “These [best management] practices are required” by the State. More
Issues: LeasingMinerals-RoyaltiesOil and Gas
Map WVSORO May 29, 2008
Mapping Drilling Activity in West Virginia, And Getting Info on the Wells.
To easily find and view oil and gas well locations throughout West Virginia, go to EnviroMap Explorer on the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection web site. More
Issues: DEPMinerals-RoyaltiesOil and Gas
Document WVSORO November 1, 2007
Tawney Judge Denies New Trial – Pre Appeal
Part 1 (scroll down for Part 2) Part 2 More
Issues: Minerals-Royalties
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