WV Forced Pooling Bill Headed for 5th Defeat in 6 Years

Although the drilling industry in West Virginia had high hopes that “this was the year” a forced pooling bill would be passed–the latest attempt has once again gone down in flames. Each year the WV legislature meets for a 60-day period at the beginning of the year. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the 50th day and the last day for a bill to advance out of the house of origin if it’s to be considered by the full legislature–what is known as “crossover day.” House Bill (HB) 4426 is this year’s forced pooling bill, introduced on Feb. 5 (see WV Forced Pooling Bill HB 4426 Introduced – Debate Rages). HB 4426 has until tomorrow to be reported out of committee. It’s not going to happen, meaning it cannot, under the rules of the legislature, be considered for a full vote. The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association sounds rather pessimistic about trying again in the future…

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