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West Virginia Senate, House discuss gas bills


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Tom Huber, vice president of the West Virginia Royalty Owners Association, said gas companies are taking deductions out of royalty payments.
(NCWV Media photo by Rusty Marks)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Energy committees in both the state Senate and House of Delegates postponed action Thursday on bills that would affect the oil and gas industry.

The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining discussed Senate Bill 360 Thursday. The legislation would change the way gas companies pay royalties.

The bill is the result of a 2016 Supreme Court case alleging that EQT Production Company was improperly taking deductions from royalty payments made to mineral rights owners.

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