Gas and Oil Act; exempts well from minimum distance limit if plan for plugging well before mining. (HB1840)

Introduced By

Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Gas and Oil Act; distance limitations of wells. Exempts wells from minimum distance limitations if the proposed drilling application includes a plan for plugging the well in advance of mining that would allow for the mine-through of the well. Permits to drill coalbed methane gas wells must also include a notice of stimulation if the proposed method of stimulation of the coal seam requires an amount of proppant greater than 10,000 pounds per foot of coal in the coal seam. If the applicant proposes to stimulate and the proposed method of stimulation of the coal seam requires an amount of proppant equal to or less than 10,000 pounds per foot of coal in the coal seam, then no consent shall be required of the coal operator. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/12/2009Committee
01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 096907520
01/12/2009Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/21/2009Assigned ACNRsub: #2 Natural Resource
02/02/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1840)
02/04/2009Tabled in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Comments

Clyde Lyndell Horne writes:

I believe a consent to stimulate the coal from
coal owner is required regardless of amount of mineral in question. This is an infringement of a
property owners right of ownership. Also, when pooled the company can claim ownership and the private citizen cannot afford to fight them in court knowing they are not the rightful owner. This has happened to me. You cannot get your case to court. Kindest regards. cl_horne@yahoo.com