Shale Energy Law Blog
Bill Under Consideration to Allow Pooling in West Virginia
April 1, 2013
The West Virginia Senate is reportedly considering legislation, Senate Bill No. 616, that would allow un-leased land to be included in drilling units. This bill would not force an unwilling landowner into a unit, but rather would provide a mechanism for land with unknown owners to be included in a pool. Any royalties resulting from drilling on those lands would be paid into an escrow account until the owner could be found.