Coalbed methane gas; Gas & Oil Board to order arbitration to resolve conflicting claim of ownership. (HB1344)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Coalbed methane gas; conflicting claims of ownership; arbitration.  Requires that the Virginia Gas and Oil Board order arbitration to resolve conflicting claims of ownership over coalbed methane upon the request of the owner of the surface estate. The arbitrator shall be appointed by the circuit court and shall make his determination within six months. After receiving notice of the written determination, the Gas and Oil Board must disburse any proceeds held in escrow and owing to the owner of the coalbed methane interest. The costs of arbitration shall be shared equally among the parties claiming ownership of the tract in question, although such costs may be payable from the proceeds held in escrow for the subject tract prior to the determination reached by the arbitrator. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10103902D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/03/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Committee substitute printed 10104990D-H1
02/04/2010Read first time
02/08/2010Read second time
02/08/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104990D-H1
02/08/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1344H1
02/09/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/17/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1344H1)
03/08/2010Committee substitute printed 10105841D-S1
03/08/2010Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Read third time
03/10/2010Reading of substitute waived
03/10/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105841D-S1
03/10/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1344S1
03/10/2010Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1344S1)
03/10/2010Placed on Calendar
03/11/2010Senate substitute agreed to by House 10105841D-S1 (97-Y 1-N)
03/11/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1344ER)
03/22/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB1344ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 442 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0442)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.