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West Virginia Tenancy Bill Would Override Individual Rights

by Elizabeth Alford on February 27, 2018

West Virginia lawmakers are considering a ‘co-tenancy’ bill that would allow drilling decisions to be made by a majority of landowners.

West Virginia Works to Eliminate Post Production Fees

House Bill 4268 will potentially take away the right of an individual landowner to approve oil and gas drilling on their property. When there is multiple ownership on a single piece of land, the bill will allow a majority of 75 percent of the owners to override an individual’s choice to allow oil and gas development.

Currently, oil and gas companies must file a lawsuit suit when property owners disagree over drilling. HB 4268 would cut that long and expensive process by allowing a super-majority of property owners to decide whether or not drilling would be permitted on the property.

Property owners who disagree with the majority will be able to receive the same royalties or compensation as the majority owners.

The West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association supports the bill along with other agencies:

  • IOGA
  • West Virginia Farm Bureau
  • West Virginia Royalty Owners Association
  • West Virginia Surface Rights Association
  • National Association of Royalty Owners

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West Virginia Works to Eliminate Post Production Fees

by Elizabeth Alford on February 21, 2018

West Virginia is considering legislation that would adjust the way deductions are handled on royalty checks.

Learn more about and gas basics for mineral owners

Sometimes new mineral owners are shocked to open a royalty statement and see that the operator has withheld part of the royalty payment. This is a common practice that can include deductions for compression, dehydration, gathering, processing and treating. These fees are related to making the product marketable and can represent thousands of dollars, depending on the individual lease.
In early February, Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel introduced Senate Bill 360 to eliminate post-production expenses and ensure that full royalty payments are made to mineral rights owners.
This week Charles Wilfong, president of the West Virginia Farm Bureau, called on lawmakers to move the bill forward.

“We need the leadership of the Senate to push this forward and get this out there to a vote at the Senate, and we need to get this done and passed out of the Legislature and signed by the governor.”

Read more at West Virginia’s Website



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Pennsylvania Mineral Owners Beware!

December 17, 2017

Pennsylvania mineral owners…beware! The state has made it easier for oil and gas companies to take advantage of landowners. Pennsylvania Bill Affects Mineral Owners Right to Negotiate The Pennsylvania Fiscal Code contains a provision that will make it easier for oil and gas companies to restart old and expired leases, often without the willing consent of […]

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Public Lands for Sale in Michigan

November 27, 2017

Michigan plans to auction more than 1,200 acres of public land next month. Mineral Auction for Public Land Draws Protest Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNC) announced this week it will sell 80 parcels of surplus land ranging in size from less than an acre to more than 146 acres. The acres for sale are in Alpena, Arenac, Barry, Bay, […]

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Colorado Divided Over Drilling

November 10, 2017

The citizens of Colorado are divided over oil and gas drilling near neighborhoods. Colorado Attempts to Limit Forced Pooling Last month, a crowd swarmed the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to protest drilling near neighborhoods in Weld and Boulder counties. “Barbara Binder, an Adams County resident whose neighborhood would be just over 1,000 feet from […]

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West Virginia Gives up on Forced Pooling

November 2, 2017

The West Virginia Senate has decided to side with property owners and will not pursue further efforts to allow forced pooling. Related: Colorado Addressing Mineral Owners’ Issues State Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, spoke to the press last week saying the legislature has decided that forced pooling has no place in the state. While the lawmaker […]

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Mineral Rights Dispute Slows Development in Bakken

October 27, 2017

Bakken development around Lake Sakakawea is being delayed over a mineral rights dispute. Related: North Dakota’s Complex Mineral Rights Issues Continental resources filed a lawsuit last week over questions surrounding who owns the mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea. Attorneys for Continental assert that the state and the federal governments both claim ownership to the mineral rights […]

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Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act Passes

October 15, 2017

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has been leading the fight to protect oil and gas production in the Allegheny National Forest. His efforts paid off last week when the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed HR 2316; The Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2017. “Federal courts have ruled that the U.S. Forest Service does not […]

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Mineral Owners Sought in New Mexico

October 3, 2017

Carlsbad City, New Mexico has voted to move forward with plans to drill on its massive oil reserves in and around the city. Related: Mineral Rights Dispute Slows Development in Bakken In August, Santo Petroleum LLC was awarded mineral interests on 800 acres of land owned by the city. Now, the operator has the daunting task of identifying […]

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Colorado Addressing Mineral Owners’ Issues

September 24, 2017

Colorado legislators met last week at the state capital for an Energy Summit to discuss key issues facing mineral rights owners. Colorado Attempts to Limit Forced Pooling Sen. Vicki Marble and Rep. Lori Saine hosted one of three informal meetings designed to get stakeholders to the sit down and discuss best practices and possible rule changes […]

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