Understanding Unitization of Interests or “Forced Pooling”

by Duane Nichols on July 7, 2015

WVU Extension Service Educational Programs:  July 7 and July 8, 2015

Public Meetings — Understanding Unitization of Interests or “Forced Pooling”

What is pooling? Who benefits? What does it mean to be “forced”?
What was in House Bill 2688 (Providing for the unitization of interests in drilling units in connection with all horizontal oil or gas wells)? What are the concerns with Forced Pooling? What were the concerns with House Bill 2688? What and when will new legislation be proposed?

Presenters: Joshua Fershee, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Professor of Law, WVU College of Law; Delegate Lynwood “Woody” Ireland (R-Ritchie, 07); *Delegate Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock, 01); and **Senator Mike Romano (D-Harrison, 12). [Delegate McGeehan will attend the July 7 meeting only. Senator Romano will attend the July 8 meeting only.]

July 7 – Blaskovich Community Center, 4453 National Road, Triadelphia, WV (Ohio County)
July 8 – Doddridge County Park, Snowbird Road (County Rt. 50/16), West Union, WV (Doddridge County)

Both programs start at 6:00 p.m. For more information and directions, click here to download the flyer .  For questions, contact Georgette Plaugher, WVU Extension Service Natural Gas Team Coordinator at 304-329-1391 or via email at Georgy.Plaugher@mail.wvu.edu.

More information on forced pooling and SORO’s position can be found in the newsletter and on our website, www.wvsoro.org.

July 13: Not Your Grandparent’s Oil & Gas Industry, Meeting Two

About 200 folks showed up for a recent meeting hosted by our friends at the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) titled “Not Your Grandparent’s Oil & Gas Industry.

At that meeting, we heard from lawyers, including WV-SORO’s Dave McMahon and activists like Bill Hughes who have been dealing with shale-fracking issues in other parts of the state. Now OVEC is having a second meeting where folks can share, in a moderated discussion, stories of what is already happening in Wayne and surrounding counties.

Please plan to join us at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13 at First Congregational UCC, 701 5th Ave, Huntington, WV.

WV-SORO will not have a speaking role at this meeting, but will have a representative present and available to help answer questions.

>>> Source: Julie Archer, WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization, 1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, WV 25311

WV-SORO Phone: (304) 346-5891,  Internet: www.wvsoro.org

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