WV “Help Out Antero” Bill (re Nuisance Lawsuits) is Dead for 2016

We’ve told you about a bill winding its way through the legislative process in West Virginia that would stop a rash of so-called nuisance lawsuits–primarily against Antero Resources (see WV Senate Bill Stops Frivolous Nuisance Lawsuits Against Drillers). Hundreds of nuisance lawsuits (“they’re too loud, “they leave the lights on too late,” “I don’t like the truck traffic”) have been filed against Antero and other drillers. The lawsuits against Antero have been combined into a class action lawsuit (see More People Pile on Antero, Seek to Join Mass “Nuisance” Lawsuit). It’s a back door way to bring down a company–like a pack of hyenas attacking a giraffe. If the pack is big enough, it can kill its prey. Senate Bill (SB) 508 was meant to stop this insanity, and as of a few weeks ago it was advancing (see 2 Bills Favorable to Drillers Advance in WV Senate – SB 508 & 565). But that was then, this is now. SB 508 is now pretty much dead. A House committee is holding it up and the bill won’t make it to the floor for a vote before the end of WV’s brief 60-day legislative session…

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