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Senate Bill 576 – the Mineral Efficiency Act – is a job creator.

Not only will it put people to work, but it will lead to increased investment and revenue for our state and local governments.

West Virginia is poised to enter one of the greatest periods of oil and gas development in the state’s history.

For our state to take full advantage of the opportunities in front of us our laws must be modernized to reflect the technology and processes involved in horizontal well development.

Senate Bill 576 will do just that and we would appreciate your support! With your help we can grow jobs, income and investment in West Virginia!

Watch the video to learn more about the core tenants of the bill – “co-tenancy” and “joint development.”

Use the tool below to tell your legislator you support Senate Bill 576 and the economic opportunity it offers.

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  1. This is a JOBS bill, which has two parts. Both of them are updates related to horizontal drilling of shale gas, enabling more job creation.
  2. Right now, thousands of West Virginians are employed by the natural gas industry. The updates in the mineral efficiency bill would bring development, leading to more jobs and investment (and tax revenue!) in the state. 
  3. The first part of the bill relates to co-tenancy. It’s simple “majority rules” development. On a single piece of mineral property, there can be dozens or even hundreds of heirs and owners. This bill simply states that if a majority of them want development, it may proceed. Everyone – the majority and the minority – gets paid.
  4. West Virginia is one of only three mineral producing states without a co-tenancy law.
  5. The second part of the bill relates to Joint Development.  It allows the gas from adjoining leases to be combined, as is necessary in horizontal production. It’s a needed clarification for producers.
  6. Pennsylvania has joint development and co-tenancy.
  7. Pooling is not part of the bill. Pooling is different because it looks at larger UNITS, and units are comprised of many pieces of property. Some of those pieces of property could be pooled in, even if the majority of the owners on that property didn’t agree. That’s not the case here. Co-tenancy looks at the individual pieces of property and the majority rules.
  8. There is nothing in this bill that forces a majority interest holder to accept development if he doesn’t want it. 
  9. The Mineral Efficiency Bill supports multiple wells on a single pad, which helps to preserve the environment by minimizing surface impact.
  10. Everybody gets paid. The majority, and the minority. The producers must ensure that everyone is compensated for their minerals.