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West Virginia lawmakers looking at lease integration, pooling

By Bob Downing Published: January 25, 2013

From the West Virginia Natural gas blog:


West Virginia lawmakers are looking at a drilling problem.
The biggest impediment to the orderly development of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in West Virginia is the inability to deal in a timely manner with non-participating minority mineral owners.
This can be due to missing or unknown owners or known owners who just won’t participate. These non-participating minority owners, who cannot be compelled to participate in a lease or if they are leased cannot be compelled to modify lease to provide for pooling, are preventing the orderly development of WV’s gas resource.
To find a resolution, interested parties have been meeting in West Virginia and discussing lease integration to deal with pooling and other administrative processes to deal with non- participating minority mineral interest owners. They also are doing this in advance of the start of the 2013 West Virginia legislative session, which begins on Fb. 13.



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