Co-Tenancy Bill Passes WV House, Goes to Senate for Final Vote

MDN has written a number of posts about an effort in West Virginia to correct an ongoing issue called co-tenancy (see our co-tenancy stories here). In some cases rights owners can’t be found to sign leases, resulting in a great deal of acreage being unavailable for drilling that otherwise would be. In WV there are often multiple rights owners listed for a property–sometimes 200 or more rights owners for a single piece of property! It is difficult, if not impossible, to track them all down and get them all to sign on the dotted line. Co-tenancy corrects that situation by allowing 75% of rights owners to agree/sign for everyone. Yesterday we told you that the full House of Delegates was slated to vote on House Bill (HB) 4268, “Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act” (see WV Co-Tenancy Bill Survives Challenge, Amended, Final Vote Today). Indeed they did vote, and the bill passed–60 voting for, 40 against. Which is good news for everyone–for drillers AND for rights owners. The bill now goes to the WV Senate for consideration. Here’s an update on yesterday’s vote…

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