WV Farm Bureau Urges Legislature to Tread Carefully re Co-Tenancy

In another MDN post today, we do a deep dive into West Virginia House Bill (HB) 4268, the “Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act” (see WV Co-Tenancy, Royalty Transparency Bills Make Progress). One of the organizations closely watching the progress of that bill is the WV Farm Bureau, which lobbies for the best interests of mineral owners, farmers and rural residents. What does the Farm Bureau think of the bill so far? Last week, on the very day HB 4268 was introduced, Farm Bureau director of Governmental Affairs, Dwayne O’Dell, penned an editorial in which he lends tepid support for the bill, IF there are protections built in for landowners. O’Dell begins his editorial by stating he’s worried that WV legislators are, “allowing oil and gas developers to take private property rights unfettered.” That is, they are literally “giving away the farm.” O’Dell is favor of “providing oil and gas companies with a reasonable platform to succeed.” But not at the expense of his members. Here’s a big, fat caution flag being waved by the WV Farm Bureau with respect to the co-tenancy bill, along with a call for the legislature to revisit the issue of “at the well head” pricing…

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