WV SORO Update Archive

July 29, 2008

August Meetings on Leasing & Surface Owners' Rights

Friday, August 1, 2008 ~ Meeting on Oil & Gas Leasing in Elkins
6:30PM at American Legion Post 29
326 Railroad Ave, Elkins, WV

The meeting will focus on oil & gas leasing for those who are considering leasing their minerals and want to know about the limited protections they will have if they do not get them in the lease. The leasing presentations will provide mineral owners with information on bad provisions in leases and discuss additional surface owner protections that landowners can insist on before signing a lease. Dave McMahon, a  public interest lawyer and founder of WV SORO, and Alvin Engelke, an experienced mineral owner/well operator, will make presentations, with a question and answer period to follow. Seating is limited to 200.

The August 1 meeting to accommodate those turned away from an earlier meeting. About 100 people were expected to attend the July 11 meeting, but 400 showed up and the meeting was moved to a larger room at the American Legion. Even then, over 100 people had to be turned away, because there was not enough room to accommodate the overflow crowd.  Click here to read about the July 11 crowd.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 ~ Lincoln County Farm Bureau & WV SORO Meeting on Surface Owners' Rights
7PM at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds
Rt. 3 at mouth of Trace Creek Road, 1 mile east of Hamlin, WV

The meeting on will focus on surface owners' rights and legislative options for expanding surface owner protections in West Virginia. Area landowners are encouraged to attend to learn more about their rights, to share their concerns and provide input on what they think needs to be done to protect property owners from industry abuses.  David McMahon will give a presentation with a question and answer period to follow.
For more info. contact Nona Conley - (304) 824-5161 or Julie Archer - (304) 346-5891 or julie@wvsoro.org

Thursday, August 14 ~ Meeting On Surface Owners' Rights in Buckhannon
6:30PM at Buckhannon-Upshur High School Auditorium
50 B-U Drive, Buckhannon, WV

Like the Lincoln County meeting, this meeting will be devoted to surface owner rights for people who own the surface, but either do not own the minerals or have bad leases with few surface owner protections included. David McMahon will give a presentation with a question and answer period to follow.
For more info. contact Julie Archer at (304) 346-5891 or julie@wvsoro.org

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