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Gas well mineral interest pooling bill divides room


The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The gas well mineral interest pooling bill drew mixed reviews during a House Energy Committee public hearing April 3.

Eleven people rose to support SB 576 and 18 opposed all or part of it.

Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said his job is to generate jobs by promoting employment opportunities in the state. “These gas reserves are the way we’re going to work our way out of the morass we’re in,” he said. The terms of SB 576 are fair and reasonable.

On the other side, Charles Wilfong, speaking for the West Virginia Farm Bureau, said, “This bill does not treat our people fairly. It does not respect our property rights.”

Committee chair Bill Anderson, R-Wood, did not announce when they would take up the bill for consideration and a vote.

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