Drillers Hope to Get Forced Pooling Law Passed in WV This Year

Supporters of the forced pooling bill that failed to pass in the 60-day regular session of the West Virginia legislature this year are not done. MDN previously reported on House Bill (HB) 2688 which was “a sure thing” for passage earlier this year. But at literally the eleventh hour the bill died in a tie vote (see The Real Story of Why Forced Pooling Bill Failed in WV). It seems the bill died because Democrats got their knickers in a twist over other legislation they couldn’t get passed, so they denied the Republican-controlled legislature a win on this bill. Politics. We’ve previously covered the various aspects of this bill of which we are aware (see our stories here). We also predicted the bill may get another chance this fall (see WV Forced Pooling Bill HB 2688 May Get Another Vote This Fall). Seems that was prescient. WV media is reporting that forced pooling was once again front and center at an interim meeting of the Joint Committee on Energy in the WV legislature on Monday. The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association is on a mission to educate and promote forced pooling with the hope of getting a compromise bill passed this year…

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