Well Spacing and Royalty Sharing.
(a.k.a. “Spacing, Pooling and Unitization”)

What it is, and why it should apply,
instead of  the Rule of Capture,
to the drilling of all oil and gas wells in W.Va.

Click here to read WV-SORO's take on the 2015 forced pooling legislation and it's fate. 
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)

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I.  Introduction.
 
II. Who is harmed by the Rule of Capture, and who would be helped by well spacing and royalty sharing.

III. “Pooling and Unitization” statutes in West Virginia.

IV.  Illustrations of the effects drilling wells under the Rule of Capture vs. drilling wells using well spacing and royalty sharing.

    a.  First Example -- Illustration of bad results from Rule of Capture

    b.  Second Example -- Illustration of bad results from Rule of Capture

    c.  Third Example --  Real life example of abuse of Rule of Capture

    d.  Fourth Example -- Illustration of how wells should be drilled, using well spacing and royalty sharing

V.  So why is the Rule of Capture still the law?

VI.  Why hasn’t the West Virginia Legislature passed well spacing and royalty sharing legislation for all wells in West Virginia?

 

Prepared by David B. McMahon • Attorney at Law
Copyright December, 2007

Oil Wells at ST. Marys, WV in the 1890's

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