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