West Virginia Surface Owners’ Guide To Oil and Gas
Second Edition -- 2004/2005

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Note that this Guide was prepared BEFORE horizontal drilling began in West Virginia.  This Guide is still helpful, but be sure to go to  Updates to the Guide and About the "Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act" for more information.

Another page on this web site has further suggestions for surface owners that have not yet been included in the Guide and our YouTube channel includes video of a presentation on surface owners' rights given by the author of the Guide. 

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