HB4639: Worse bills yet against mineral and property owners (call now to defeat!).

These are the worse bills yet against mineral and property owners.  Need to contact your state representatives now to oppose HB4639 and SB646 as they are on first reading today and third reading this Wed.

These bills:

  • allow 49% of leaseholders to be forced pooled with NO compensation
  • Take away ability of land & mineral owners to sue for damages
  • Force mineral owners to sue leaseholders for any payments for their minerals
  • Eliminate ability to negotiate depth of drilling or target formations in leases
  • Eliminate any surface protections for landowners
  • Allow deductions to be taken from royalty payments

Need to call now as they will be voitng Wed. Feb.24.

Jacklin Romeo

NARO-Appalachia Legislative Committee

Who/How to Contact

  1. WOODY IRELAND – R – RITCHIE – (304) 340-3195

          woody.ireland@wvhouse.gov

  1. TOM FAST – R – FAYETTE - (304) 340-3170

          tom.fast@wvhouse.gov

  1. BILL ANDERSON – R – WOOD -(304) 340-3168

          bill.anderson@wvhouse.gov

  1. MARK ZATEZALO – R – HANCOCK - (304) 340-3120

          mark.zatezalo.wvhouse.gov

  1. RANDY SMITH – R –PRESTON - (304) 340-3396

          randy.smith@wvhouse.gov

  1. SCOTT CADLE – R – MASON - (304) 340-3118

          scott.cadle@wvhouse.gov

  1. JOHN MCCLUSKEY – R – KANAWHA - (304) 340-3183

          johnmccluskey@wvhouse.gov

For a complete list of House Members, go to:  http://www.legis.state.wv.us/House/roster.cfm

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WE MUST NOT LET UP! PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LISTED ABOVE NOW AND URGE THEM TO VOTE NO ON SB646 - THE FORCED POOLING BILL! THIS WILL BE DECIDED BY THEM TODAY!

I called

The Senate Judiciary Committee has put off voting on SB646 until tomorrow morning (Monday, February 29, 2016) at 9:00 AM. EQT Corporation forced a vote today and the best they could do was to get a tie not to end the bill but continue it until tomorrow. 

The Farm Bureau, The West Virginia Royalty Owner Association and the Land and Mineral Association should be able to speak tomorrow before the vote. The Farm Bureau was offered several incentives to go along with the bill, but they refused to support it. 

At the urging of Senate President Bill Cole who was present at the meeting, four Senators changed their minds and decided to vote for the industry bill and FORCED POOLING. They are Republicans Charles Trump and Kent Leonhardt and Democrats Corey Palumbo and Mike Woelfel. Please call or email these Senators and urge them to VOTE AGAINST SB646 - THE FORCED POOLING BILL!

 

Senator Trump - Chair             charles.trump@wvsenate.gov              (304) 357-7980

Senator Leonhardt                   Kent.Leonhardt@wvsenate.gov          (304) 357-7827

Senator Palumbo                      corey.palumbo@wvsenate.gov           (304) 357-7854

Senator Woelfel                        mike.woelfel@wvsenate.gov              (304) 357-7956

 

You may listen live online at: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm

Even if the Senate passes the bill, can it become law since he House will not pass it?

  Looks like SB 646 is no longer.  The Senate Judiciary adjourned without voting on it this Monday morning and it has not been put back on the agenda.  SB 596 failed on the Senate floor today with a vote of 23 to 11.  Great work everyone!

Help is still needed on SB508, which has been sent to the House Judiciary.  This would destroy a more than 200 year law that allows citizens the right to file "Nuisance Suits" against neighbors or companies who harm their property values or their right to the pursuit of happiness on their property.

So please call your Delegates and send email to the House Judiciary to oppose SB 508.

Although it appears that SB646 (THE FORCED POOLING BILL) is not going anywhere after last Monday, we must still remain vigilant until the end of the current session to make sure that neither the House nor the Senate tries to introduce or pass new or amended legislation that contains the same language! Please continue to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to express your opposition to Senate Bill 646! Please Say NO TO FORCED POOLING!

 

HERE ARE SENATORS ON THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO CALL TO PROTEST SENATE BILL 646. PLEASE CALL THESE SENATORS TO VOICE YOUR OPINION AGAINST FORCED POOLING!

Senator Trump - Chair             charles.trump@wvsenate.gov              (304) 357-7980
Senator Ferns - Vice-Chair      ryan.ferns@wvsenate.gov                   (304) 357-7918
Senator Ashley                        bob.ashley@wvsenate.gov                  (304) 357-7970
Senator Beach                          bob.beach@wvsenate.gov                    (304) 357-7919
Senator Carmichael                  Mitch.Carmichael@wvsenate.gov        (304) 357-7855
Senator Cline                           sue.cline@wvsenate.gov                       (304) 357-7807
Senator Gaunch                        ed.gaunch@wvsenate.gov                   (304) 357-7841
Senator Karnes                        robert.karnes@wvsenate.gov                (304) 357-7906
Senator Kirkendoll                   art.kirkendoll@wvsenate.gov               (304) 357-7857
Senator Leonhardt                   Kent.Leonhardt@wvsenate.gov             (304) 357-7827
Senator Maynard                     Mark.Maynard@wvsenate.gov             (304) 357-7808
Senator Miller                          ronald.miller@wvsenate.gov                  (304) 357-7959
Senator Palumbo                      corey.palumbo@wvsenate.gov             (304) 357-7854
Senator Romano                      mike.romano@wvsenate.gov               (304) 357-7904
Senator Snyder                        herb.snyder@wvsenate.gov                  (304) 357-7957
Senator Williams                      bob.williams@wvsenate.gov               (304) 357-7995
Senator Woelfel                        mike.woelfel@wvsenate.gov              (304) 357-7956

 

 

I also oppose SB508 – The Nuisance Suit Elimination Bill – This bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee for approval after being approved by the Senate. This bill eliminates property rights in a wholesale fashion and if you own any surface property whatsoever, unless the driller is in violation of some State Law or regulation, you will have very little recourse in Court. Please call the members of the House Judiciary Committee today and urge them to vote against SB508.

 

MEMBERS OF HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Who/How to Contact:

Delegate Shott - Chair                                       john.shott@wvhouse.gov                  (304) 340-3252
Delegate Lane - Vice-Chair                              Patrick.lane@wvhouse.gov               (304) 340-3252
Delegate Manchin - Minority Chair               tmanchin@manchininjurylaw.com (304) 340-3331
Delegate Skinner - Minority Vice-Chair        Stephen.skinner@wvhouse.gov        (304) 340-3248
Delegate Azinger                                                  Mike.azinger@wvhouse.gov             (304) 340-3202
Delegate Byrd                                                      andrew.byrd@wvhouse.gov              (304) 340-3362
Delegate Deem                                                     frank.deem@wvhouse.gov                (304) 340-3137
Delegate Fast                                                        tom.fast@wvhouse.gov                     (304) 340-3170
Delegate Fleischauer                                           barbaraf@wvhouse.gov                    (304) 340-3127
Delegate Fluharty                                                shawn.fluharty@wvhouse.gov         (304) 340-3270
Delegate Folk                                                       Michael.folk@wvhouse.gov             (304) 340-3350
Delegate Foster                                                    geof.foster@wvhouse.gov                 (304) 340-3121
Delegate Hanshaw                                              roger.hanshaw@wvhouse.gov          (304) 340-3135
Delegate Ireland                                                  woody.ireland@wvhouse.gov           (304) 340-3195
Delegate Kessinger                                              kayla.kessinger@wvhouse.gov         (304) 340-3197
Delegate Marcum                                                 Justin.marcum@wvhouse.gov          (304) 340-3126
Delegate McCuskey                                            john.mccuskey@wvhouse.gov         (304) 340-3183
Delegate Moore                                                   cliff.moore@wvhouse.gov                (304) 340-3165
Delegate Overington                                           john@overington.com                       (304) 340-3148
Delegate Rowe                                                     larry.rowe@wvhouse.gov                  (304) 340-3287
Delegate Shaffer                                                  steve.shaffer@wvhouse.gov             (304) 340-3160
Delegate Sobonya                                               kelli.sobonya@wvhouse.gov            (304) 340-3175
Delegate Summers                                              amy.summers@wvhouse.gov           (304) 340-3139
Delegate Weld                                                      ryan.weld@wvhouse.gov                   (304) 340-3367
Delegate Zatezalo                                               mark.zatezalo@wvhouse.gov          (304) 340-3120

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