IOGA WV Gets it Right on Co-Tenancy & Joint Development

For some time we’ve reported on the effort to pass new legislation in West Virginia on co-tenancy and joint development (see WVONGA Makes Plans to Push Forced Pooling Lite in 2018). These two concepts together somewhat replace what the oil and gas industry once wanted in WV–a forced pooling law. The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) has been the driving force behind the effort to adopt co-tenancy and joint development. MDN has been right up front about our views: co-tenancy is fair and reasonable, joint development is not. WVONGA continues to push for both. However, WVONGA is not the only oil and gas trade association in the Mountain State. WV also has the Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia (or IOGA WV), which broke off from WVONGA in 1959. We were delighted to spot an article that reports IOGA WV is pushing for co-tenancy, but NOT for joint development. IOGA of WV recognizes joint development for what it is–an attempt to allow drillers to use old leases for shale drilling without having to negotiate new terms (i.e. pay more to rights owners). Kudos to IOGA WV for getting it right. What, precisely, is co-tenancy and joint development? Glad you asked…

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