WV Co-Tenancy Bill Passes in Senate – Now Waits for Gov to Sign

On Saturday, the full West Virginia Senate voted on House Bill (HB) 4268–the “co-tenancy” bill–passing the measure by a vote of 23-11. This is tremendously good news–for both landowners and drillers. Although WV Gov. Jim Justice had previously threatened to veto the bill because he wanted it tied (like a millstone) to the neck of another bill (joint development), Justice backed off that position after getting a lot of blowback, from virtually everyone (see WV Gov. Justice Gets His Head Straight, Stops Targeting Co-Tenancy). The bill now awaits his signature. Let’s hope Justice keeps his head clear enough to sign it…

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