Ritchie County, WV

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AMCO Holdings, LLC

Started by Joe C. Feb 19, 2021. 0 Replies

Our answer to leasing in Ritchie County

Started by Martha Lee Vincent. Last reply by Thomas R Bee Jun 23, 2017. 13 Replies

Division Order

Started by Kevin Riddle. Last reply by Nancy Mosley Jun 29, 2016. 12 Replies

New Online Records System for Ritchie County

Started by Nancy Mosley. Last reply by Nancy Mosley Jun 29, 2015. 17 Replies

Forced Pooling WV House Bill 2688

Started by Nancy Mosley. Last reply by sally Feb 22, 2015. 1 Reply

Any updates on activity in Clay District?

Started by Skid. Last reply by Rodney T Hytonen Dec 1, 2014. 8 Replies

Getting it Done!

Started by Keith Butcher Sep 7, 2014. 0 Replies

drilling in the cairo area in ritchie co.

Started by patty kibbe. Last reply by Nancy Mosley May 26, 2014. 7 Replies

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Comment by Kyle Nuttall on November 4, 2019 at 9:40am

I think there's still some work going on in Ritchie County, but it's slowed down a whole lot.  EQT has been reorganizing lately, and I haven't seen a new lease come through from them in probably a month, from anywhere.  From Ritchie, I'm having a hard time remembering when the last new lease came across my desk.  I think you're right that they aren't working so hard in Ritchie any more.  They've definitely been working Marshall and Marion as well as the counties you mentioned.

Comment by Nancy Mosley on October 11, 2019 at 10:27pm

I heard recently that Antero and EQT seem to have given up on any new drilling and leasing in Ritchie and are focusing on Wetzel and somewhat Tyler. However I also heard that HG might be getting more active in Grant district.

Anybody know about this, or anything else?

Comment by Kyle Nuttall on June 4, 2018 at 4:21pm

Things haven't changed a whole lot in Ritchie County lately, but there hasn't been much on this message board in a long time, either.  So a quick update is probably in order.  Antero and EQT are still working some here, but they haven't been taking a lot of leases lately.  They've both focused on Marshall and Wetzel more lately.  A reasonable lease price would be in the $3000-$4000/acre and 18% gross, though.  Interestingly, we've been able to get gross proceeds for some of our clients out of EQT a little bit lately.  Push them for that.  Good luck, and let me know if you can do better than I have!

Comment by Rodney T Hytonen on December 27, 2013 at 2:18am

I very strongly recommend people look into the experiences of landowners in Doddridge County before considering leasing to be a good thing, Most of them are considering moving out because the air is unbreathable and the industrialization intolerable, but they can't sell their land or homes at any price. Roads are impassible, completely destroyed, and dangerous. Once it starts they're irresponsible, voracious, and take and destroy everything. There's no stopping these truly MASSIVE operations, and all contract, lease and permit restrictions are ignored. They clear cut and make roads, demolish the existing ones with thousands of heavy poundig trucks, and stash huge tanks and lakes full of poison everywhere, that leak, stink, cause residents two miles away nightly nosebleeds, and kill livestock and wildlife. And that doesn't include the carnage out on the roads and highways from overtired careless drivers. Don't take my word for it, look up Doddridge accounts online and talk to some landowners there. Go take a drive on Porto Rico Road. Be sure you have time and money to get your car fixed afterward, and be VERY careful! We're next of fls are SO shortsighted and gullible as to sign leases with frackers like Antero and think they won't find a way ("FEES!") not to pay what they promise. Remember, promises don't hold up in court -and actually, for the landowner, NOTHING does. And in a year or two (tops) when they move on - all that mess leaves a barren industrial wasteland with poisoned water and destroyed infrastructure we now can't afford to replace. Nothing will grow. That's if the ancient pipes carrying gas under the abused, destroyed roads, don't explode like Sissonville. No more gas, no more water, no more sewer. You can't drink money even if there is any left.

Comment by Nancy Mosley on July 23, 2012 at 9:45pm

Kevin, we have only an old flat rate well with EQT but they pay on time, anyway. Not much to pay for that well.

Comment by Kevin Riddle on July 23, 2012 at 4:58pm

Anyone having any contact with EQT and what is your experiences?

Comment by Nancy Mosley on January 29, 2012 at 9:28pm

Re the dormant mineral rights owned by non-surface owners: the county assesses taxes on producing and nonproducing mineral (oil, gas) rights. If you are assessed a tax and pay it on time that should be sufficient. If you don't pay the tax then you have your name in the local paper, and the parcel (OGM rights) is sold to the highest bidder at an auction. But even then you have 18 months to redeem your property (pay back taxes and probably a fine). The purchaser gets a refund. Nothing reverts to the surface owner unless he/she is the purchaser at the tax sale.

I am Not an attorney but have inquired about this process.

Comment by J Nestor on October 14, 2011 at 8:41am
If you can wait, the price will go alot higher, wait. Start working on what you want in your lease. If you have an O&G attorney ask him what he has heard and study his lease that he has negotiated in the past. The O&G companies are in a frenzy in southeastern ohio right now, when those areas are done they will start moving into these areas.
Comment by Nancy Mosley on October 13, 2011 at 9:29pm
Thanks, Martha, that's what we (sister and I) are thinking. I just want to check with others.
Comment by Nancy Mosley on October 13, 2011 at 12:14pm
A company is trying to get a unit together in the Gillespie Run area for another company to drill a "deep well". I think the amount offered (about $25 an acre) is low. Thoughts?

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