W. Va. Legislature Passes Horizontal Well Act


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today the passage of the Horizontal Well Act ("the Act"), which governs and regulates the exploration and development of shale gas formations through wells drilled using horizontal drilling technologies and completed using hydraulic stimulation techniques.

The Act provides benefits to all West Virginians through protection of the state's water resources, surface owners' interests and environmental interests, while encouraging responsible development of West Virginia's natural gas resources with the resulting economic benefits in the form of employment and tax revenues. It is expected the Act will stimulate growth of the natural gas industry in West Virginia and make the state more competitive in terms ofbeing a possible ethane cracker site location.

Please see full alert below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.