West Virginia

West Virginia’s Milestone Co-Tenancy Legislation Expected to Have Varying Impacts

West Virginia’s Milestone Co-Tenancy Legislation Expected to Have Varying Impacts

The co-tenancy legislation that passed during this year’s regular session in West Virginia is generally expected to aid natural gas development, but exactly how significant its impact will be remains unclear.

April 2, 2018

Rover Again Ordered to Halt Work in West Virginia on Stormwater Violations

West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has ordered Rover Pipeline LLC to halt construction activities in the state due to violations of the pipeline’s water pollution control permit.

March 15, 2018
West Virginia Governor Reverses Position, Would Sign Co-Tenancy Legislation If Passed

West Virginia Governor Reverses Position, Would Sign Co-Tenancy Legislation If Passed

In what’s been a stressful week for supporters of a delicate proposal to help West Virginia natural gas producers develop larger tracts of land with co-tenancy legislation, Republican Gov. Jim Justice backed off threats that he would veto the legislation unless the industry agreed to a higher severance tax rate.

February 28, 2018

West Virginia Co-Tenancy Legislation Advances to House Floor

This year’s version of legislation that would make it easier for West Virginia’s natural gas producers to block up acreage for longer laterals by gathering leaseholders into large tracts has passed committee and is scheduled for its first reading before the full state House of Representatives on Tuesday.

February 12, 2018

Ascent Resources Marcellus Affiliates File for Bankruptcy

Ascent Resources Marcellus Holdings LLC and its subsidiaries (ARM), successor companies that had their beginnings with the late Aubrey McClendon, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

February 8, 2018

ACP Clears Regulatory Hurdle in West Virginia, But Others Remain

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) cleared a key regulatory hurdle this week, when the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) waived the state’s water quality certification (WQC) requirement for the project.

December 7, 2017

China Energy’s $83.7B MOU Sets Sights on West Virginia Shale, PetChem Projects

During President Trump’s first state visit to China, officials from West Virginia and state-owned China Energy Investment Corp., the world’s largest power company, signed an $83.7 billion memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects in the Mountain State.

November 9, 2017

West Virginia Now Waiving Scrapped MVP Water Quality Permit

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) said Wednesday it will waive its Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 water quality certification permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), an apparent about-face that comes less than two months after the agency said it would withdraw and reevaluate its review.

November 2, 2017

Federal Court Grants West Virginia’s Motion to Scrap Mountain Valley WQC

West Virginia has officially thrown out Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Section 401 water quality certification (WQC) and will start over with a review of the project’s application after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted the agency’s motion to invalidate the certificate.

October 19, 2017

West Virginia Landowners Ask Supreme Court to Hear NatGas Royalties Case

A group of West Virginia landowners has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a May opinion by the state’s highest court that found natural gas producers can deduct post-production costs from royalty payments.

September 14, 2017