WV Landowners Win Injunction to Bar Pipeline Surveyors
Earlier this week, Monroe County Circuit Court Robert Judge Irons issued an injunction barring surveyors for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline from entering the Brian and Doris McCurdy’s property without their consent. The judge said the builders of the proposed pipeline, which is a joint project of EQT Corp., NextEra Energy and others, had failed to establish that the pipeline project offered sufficient public use for West Virginians to justify entering private property without an owner’s permission for surveying, as required by state law. The McCurdys were represented pro-bono by lawyers with Appalachian Mountain Advocates.
This is an important win and a great first step in affirming a landowner’s right to say no to surveying on their land before “public use” is established. You can read more about the case here and here. Congratulations and many thanks to the McCurdys and Appalachian Mountain Advocates for taking on these industry giants.
WV Royalty Owners Association Hosting Meetings on Forced Pooling Legislation
The WV Royalty Owners Association (WVROA) is hosting a series of public meeting around the state to hear concerns, answer questions, and explain what is in the proposed forced pooling bill (HB 2688) considered by the Legislature. Please see the schedule of meetings below if you are interested in attending. All meetings start at 6PM. For more information call 304-363-0239 or e-mail WVaMOA@gmail.com.
WVROA Public Meeting Schedule
Monday, August 10: Charleston Moose, 2805 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston
Thursday, August 13: Upshur County Moose, 25 N. Kanawha Street, Buckhannon
Monday, August 17: Marshall Co. American Legion, 41 ½ Main Street, Cameron
Thursday, August 20: Wood Moose Lodge, 1607 Dupont Road, Parkersburg
Monday, August 24: Fairmont Middletown Mall, 101 Tygert Loop, Fairmont
Thursday, August 27: Glenville Inn, 61 Development Drive, Glenville
Monday, August 31: Hancock VFW, North Chester Street, New Cumberland
All meetings start at 6PM. For more information call 304-363-0239 or email WVaMOA@gmail.com.