West Virginia Prepared to Allow Forced Pooling Under Very Limited Circumstances

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
WHEELING - Not ready to call the measure "forced pooling," Corky Demarco said the bill now under consideration by the West Virginia Senate would allow some unleased land to be included in drilling units.
"This does not allow someone to force you into a unit if you refuse to sign a lease. This just allows minerals whose owners are unknown or cannot be found to be included," said Demarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.
Two years ago, Demarco and other industry leaders advocated a bill that would have permitted forced pooling, which is now illegal for Marcellus Shale drilling in West Virginia. This concept would allow natural gas drillers to draw gas from land they have not leased.
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