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.