Current Issues and Events

Noy 8, 2016
See “New Resources and Advice” below for an update on whether drillers have an implied right to pool leases

July 8, 2016
SORO Co-Founder Op Ed in Daily Mail, “West Virginia must get it right with gas.

March 12, 2016
Anti-Nuisance Suit Bill Dead,
Solid Waste Bill Amended

Upcoming Events and Webinars
Presented by the
Penn State Cooperative Extension

(Archived presentations are available here.)

WVSORO testifies for its members and E-Council for "green completion drilling" (Sept. 28, 2015)

WV Citizens Join National Groups Filing Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste (Aug 26, 2015)

Eminent Domain update:  Monroe County Judge grants injunction saying Mountain Valley transmission pipeline is not for "public purpose" to West Virginians and so cannot use eminent domain (and cannot force access for surveying). (Aug 26, 2015)

More Issues and Events

New Resources and Advice

Drillers can NOT pool a mineral owner’s lease without authorization! (11/8/16)

Eleven reasons why a judge was wrong to imply a lease covenant to pool! (11/8/16)

Enacting local city or county ordinances

DNR updates manual for re-seeding
pipelines and well sites

A Circuit Court judge agrees with WVSORO that a driller cannot use a surface owner's land to drill wells horizontally into mineral tracts that do not underlie the surface owner's land! (5/3/2016)

Who is Helped and Who is Hurt by a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill (1/12/2016)

What Has to Be in a Forced Pooling Bill for it to Be a GOOD Forced Pooling Bill (1/12/2016)

Educating you about the rights that you have,
                        Working to get you the rights you deserve.


Almost Heaven?

And even after they are done drilling
(a different pad)
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Noisy Heaven?
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The WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WV SORO) is a statewide membership organization formed in 2007 by concerned landowners, public interest lawyer Dave McMahon and WV Citizen Action Group (WV-CAG). We serve as resource for our members and others who are looking for information and guidance on how to deal with oil and gas related activities on their land and in their communities.  We also advocate for  public policy and regulatory changes that will help surface owners have their rights recognized and respected by the oil and gas drillers and that will help them protect their land, air and water.

Join Us! Click here to print a membership form or e-mail  to have a membership packet mailed to you.

Contact us to help us help you educate your legislators about the need to implement the recommendations of the Horizontal Well Act studies and other protections for surface owners.  Your personal stories will help make the case for the public policy and regulatory changes needed to protect your land, air and water.

Current Issues and Events

Well site during active drilling to the Marcelllus Shale formation in Upshur County, West Virginia, in 2008.  (An additional water storage pit is not in the photo.)  Copyright WVSORO, June 2008.  Permission to use may be obtained from WVSORO.   Click  image to view index of high resolution photos of the site during drilling and after reclamation.

Special Reports, Ongoing News Coverage and Commentary

News Stories Relevant to SORO

West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization
1500 Dixie Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25311
304-346-5891    Fax 304-346-8981