The latest update from West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization:
On Monday night, the Marcellus Shale legislation cleared its first hurdle, when a House Judiciary subcommittee voted to report the bill to the full committee for further consideration.
We had assumed that the bill would need forced pooling in order to overcome industry opposition, and that could still be the case. However, the subcommittee unanimously voted to remove the pooling provisions. They then went on to adopt a series of amendments that strengthened the bill, which is a combination of HB 2878 and HB 3042, and address problems with both Marcellus Shale and other (conventional) gas well drilling. There are several other amendments pending, and indications are that most of these are also intended to strengthen the bill.
The full House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Wednesday, February 23 at 1PM, and is likely to take up the bill then--although there are concerns about the industry pushing back (especially those who want pooling) and trying to kill the bill.
To keep this from happening, please contact House Judiciary Committee members now and ask them to pass a strong Marcellus Shale bill. (See contact information below.)
The clock is ticking and the bill may have to clear to the House Finance Committee too. So watch for additional updates and plan to make more contacts later in the week.
Thanks for your support!
House Judiciary Committee members:
Tim Miley (D - Harrison), ChairPhone: (304) 340-3252
Mark Hunt (D - Kanawha), Vice-ChairPhone: (304) 340-3392
John N. Ellem (R - Wood), Minority ChairPhone: (304) 340-3394
Patrick Lane (R - Kanawha), Minority Vice-ChairPhone: (304) 340-3275
Larry W. Barker (D - Boone)Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3149
Bonnie Brown (D - Kanawha)Phone: (304) 340-3106
Mike Caputo (D - Marion)Phone: (304) 340-3249
Michael T. Ferro (D - Marshall)Phone: (304) 340-3111
Barbara Evans Fleischauer (D - Monongalia)Phone: (304) 340-3169
John R. Frazier (D - Mercer)Phone: (304) 340-3396
Linda Longstreth (D - Marion)Phone: (304) 340-3124
Mike Manypenny (D - Taylor)Phone: (304) 340-3139
Harold Michael (D - Hardy)Phone: (304) 340-3340
Clif Moore (D - McDowell)Phone: (304) 340-3189
John Pino (D - Fayette)Phone: (304) 340-3170
Meshea Poore (D - Kanawha)Phone: (304) 340-3248
Doug Skaff Jr. (D - Kanawha)Phone: (304) 340-3362
Danny Wells (D - Kanawha)Phone: (304) 340-3287
Troy Andes (R - Putnam)Phone: (304) 340-3121
Bill Hamilton (R - Upshur)Phone: (304) 340-3167
Lynwood "Woody" Ireland (R - Ritchie)Phone: (304) 340-3195
Carol Miller (R - Cabell)Phone: (304) 340-3176
Jonathan Miller (R - Berkeley)Phone: (304) 340-3147
John Overington (R - Berkeley)Phone: (304) 340-3148
Kelli Sobonya (R - Cabell)Phone: (304) 340-3175
-- Julie Archer
WV Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie StreetCharleston, WV 25311
(304) 346-5891; (304) 346-8981 FAX