WV Sen. Charles Trump Introduces New Co-Tenancy, Joint Dev Bill

As MDN previously reported, perhaps the biggest energy-related issue for this year’s session of the West Virginia 60-day legislative session will not be a bill on forced pooling. Instead, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) is pushing a legislation on co-tenancy and joint development (see WV Won’t Push Forced Pooling, Will Push Joint Dev. & Co-Tenancy). Senate Bill (SB) 244 was introduced in February to cover both co-tenancy and joint development (see WV Senate Bill 244 Introduced for Co-Tenancy & Joint Development). For an explanation of what co-tenancy and joint development means, read this post. WVONGA is supporting SB 244, but rights owners, including the West Virginia Royalty Owner’s Association (WVROA) is not. In an effort to get the two sides together and hammer out something that both could support, WV State Senator Charles Trump convened a meeting with both sides. He then drafted up new legislation to replace SB 244 (which was going nowhere fast). Last Friday, Trump introduced SB 576 (full copy below). Did Trump succeed in crafting something both sides can support?…

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