WV Forced Pooling Bill HB 4426 Introduced – Debate Rages

The forced pooling debate is now raging in West Virginia. As we previously reported, Republican chairman of the WV House Energy Committee, Lynwood “Woody” Ireland believes a new version of the forced pooling bill he recently introduced is as fair as it gets for both landowners and drillers (see Bill Sponsor Says It’s Now or Never for WV Forced Pooling Law). Ireland also believes if the bill doesn’t pass this year, it is likely a dead issue. However, other Republicans in the legislature called forced pooling tantamount to big businesses bullying private property owners. A forced pooling bill has been floated in five of the last six years (2012 was the exception). Will it pass this time? On Feb. 5 Ireland introduced House Bill (HB) 4426, called the “Horizontal Well Unitization and Landowner Protection Act of 2016” (full copy embedded below). Here’s an update on the debate now raging in Charleston and beyond…

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