Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dominion Post Articles Focus On WVDEP's Study Efforts

The Dominion Post newspapers has two articles today regarding studies being done by the W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection:

Air quality laws ok; Advises lawmakers to revisit setbacks (click to read)

Pit, impoundment study causes W.Va. DEP to train inspectors (click to read)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Is Upper Devonian The Next Big Appalachian Shale Play?

Is the Upper Devonian the next big shale play in the Appalachian Basin?  Read more -

Tyler County Clerk Institutes Lottery For Access To Land Records

The Tyler County Clerk has established a daily lottery system where by oil and natural gas abstractors must draw numbers to determine who will get one of the 96 coveted daily slots to research property deeds, according to a Wheeling, W.Va. newspaper. County leaders say the system has been put into place due to extraordinary demand by abstractors wanting to research property deeds and land records.  Click to read article.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Article On W.Va. DEP's Horizontal Well Studies

The State Journal has an article in the newspaper that provides an update on three horizontal well studies being done by the W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection.  Read more:

Monday, July 1, 2013

W.Va. DEP’s New Horizontal Well Act Rules Now In Effect

For the past two years, the W. Va. Legislature and the W. Va. Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) have been focused on developing and implementing new regulations regarding horizontal natural gas wells.  As of today, July 1, 2013, the WVDEP’s rules for horizontal wells are effective, and any permit application submitted to the WVDEP today and into the future will be subject to the new requirements (the new rules codified as 35 CSR 8-1, et seq. can be found on the Secretary of State’s website here).  Many of the requirements in the rules are comprehensive and technical in nature and simply repeat many of the requirements found within the Horizontal Well Act.  As such, this blog post is not intended to summarize them all or repeat every requirement also found within the Act, but to highlight some of the new or more noteworthy provisions.  Click to read LGCR's summary of the new rules.

Questions about these rules can be sent to Joe Jenkins at or by calling him at (304) 345-2000.