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West Virginia Senate Natural Resources Committee approves bill

By DAVID BEARD

The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved a bill to reunite surface and mineral interests in cases where property taxes are unpaid.

SB 148 establishes the conditions for a surface owner to purchase the minerals beneath when the minerals are subject to a tax lien.

The bill also establishes conditions for a mineral owner to buy the surface when the surface is subject to a tax lien.

The bill sets up owner notification requirements, prices and dedlines.

SB 148 now goes to Senate Finance.

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