The West Virginia Senate on Monday rejected a bill that would have given natural gas companies the right to survey on private property without the owner’s consent.
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The West Virginia Senate has passed two bills to benefit the oil and gas industry. SB 508, which would clarify the language that defines a private nuisance, passed 20-12 and has been sent to the state House judiciary committee (see Shale Daily,Feb. 18). It would make it more difficult for residents to file lawsuits against producers and other businesses by requiring them to prove physical property damage or a bodily injury claim. SB 565, which would allow drillers to construct access roads and well pads before submitting plans and receiving a permit, passed the chamber 31-1 and has been sent to the House energy committee. Operators could start work without submitting engineering plans or receiving a permit from the state, but they would still be required to do so before drilling any wells. The legislature’s 60-day 2016 legislative session adjourns March 12.
MarkWest Energy Partners LP continued to lead environmental remediation efforts in Wetzel County, WV, on Tuesday, three days after the company discovered that 3,000 gallons of chemicals had leaked from its Mobley Processing Facility.
EQT Corp. on Thursday continued to tout its deep, dry Utica Shale prospects in Southwest Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia, and said for the first time some of the formation could meet or exceed the performance of its core Marcellus Shale assets.
West Virginia’s severance tax collections continued to plummet in November, driven primarily by low oil and natural gas prices, which have also hurt personal income tax collections and helped to widen a projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2016.
The Appalachian Basin’s three leading oil and gas producing states have signed a three-year cooperative agreement aimed at creating policies that would promote the region’s prolific shale plays to help generate more economic opportunities.
Southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia have formed an “integrated region” for natural gas drilling, an area where well drilling increasingly has been focused in the Appalachian Basin, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Transmission LP is holding a supplemental open season for firm transportation service on its Uniontown to Gas City (U2GC) Expansion Project, which offers shippers a new firm path from the Marcellus Shale in west Uniontown, PA, to the pipeline’s existing interconnect with Panhandle Eastern Pipeline near Gas City, IN.
State regulators in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia collectively issued 411 permits for oil and gas drilling during the month of July, most of which targeted the Marcellus and Utica shales.