WV SORO Legislative Update Archive

February 1, 2008

February 6, 2008 ~ WV-SORO Day; Surface Owners' Bill of Rights May Receive Public Hearing in House

We learned this week that the Surface Owners' Bill of Rights (HB 4286) may be taken up by the House Committee on Industry & Labor/Economic Development & Small Business on February 6 -- WV-SORO Day at the Legislature. We’ll know Monday if the bill will be on the agenda and plan to request a public hearing so the committee can hear from WV-SORO members.  We hope you can attend and take advantage of this opportunity to share your story. Legislators will only be impressed by a strong turnout. Please e-mail info@wvsoro.org or call (304) 346-5891 by Monday, February 4, if you plan to attend WV-SORO Day -- we want to be sure to have plenty of refreshments on hand.

We'll gather in Governor's Press Conference Room (located in the Secretary of State's Office, Room 157-K beginning at 8AM.  A press conference on the Surface Owners' Bill of Rights is scheduled for 10AM and the remaining time will be dedicated to meeting with legislators. Our lobby team will be available to direct and guide you to the right places.

If you can’t make it Charleston next week, please be sure to educate your legislators.  Tell them what happened to you and what you think should be done to protect surface owners from industry abuses.  Tell them to support the Surface Owners' Bill of Rights.  If your legislator serves on one of the committees where the Surface Owners’ Bill of Rights was referred, it's especially critical they hear from you. Legislators can be contacted toll free by calling 1-877-565-3447. 

The Surface Owner’s Bill of Rights was introduced in the Senate earlier this week.  SB 482 sponsors are Senators Larry Edgell, Jon Blair Hunter, Brooks McCabe, Randy White and Jeff Kessler.  Like our House sponsors, they deserve a big “thank you” from citizens for standing up for property owners’ rights. In the Senate, the bill has been sent to the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining

Surface Owners' Bill of Rights in the News

Measure offered to protect landowners in gas, oil drilling (the Beckley Register-Herald)

Legislature Taking on Surface Owner’s Bill of Rights (Barnestorming, Senator Clark Barnes' column in the [Elkins] InterMountain.

Town Hall
Meetings Update & Thanks Yous

WV-SORO held its second Regional & Information meeting Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Heritage Park Community Center in Spencer. We had a great turn out (more than 100 people) and got folks fired up to help us push for passage of the Surface Owners’ Bill of Rights. Thanks to everyone who attended.

Special thanks to: Chuck Wyrostock for helping with logistics and getting the word out; Robin Wilson for getting us there and back, and for other behind the scenes support and assistance; and John Snyder, founding member, citizen organizer & researcher extraordinare. John has put together a great informational CD covering a variety of topics affecting surface owners. Get in touch if you would like a copy. 

We’re still planning a meeting for the Boone, Lincoln, and Logan County areas in the near future. 


West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25311