WV HB2688 Forced Pooling Bill Continues March Toward Passage

Last week MDN gave you a heads-up that a new forced pooling bill has picked up steam and is moving through the process in the West Virginia legislature (see WV Forced Pooling Bill HB2688 – Good or Bad for Landowners?). The 60-day legislative session in WV is now just past the halfway mark and HB2688 continues to move. It passed the House Energy Committee and is now before the House Judiciary Committee. The bill is polarizing. It seems, at least at a distance, that Republicans (who control both the House and Senate in WV) are lining up to support the bill, and Democrats are lining up to oppose it. Which puts us in the strange circumstance of tilting to the Dem side on this issue. Below we’ve located a good rundown of the main provisions in the bill, along with an editorial written by a House Democrat who opposes the bill–listing his reasons…

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