Senate Bill 119 History
Senate Bill No. 119
(By Senator Miller)
[Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the Committee on
Energy, Industry and Mining; and then to the Committee on the
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §36-3-8a, relating to
permitting a surface owner to have the right of first refusal
to purchase a mineral estate beneath the surface when the
mineral owner offers the mineral estate for sale.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §36-3-8a, to read as
ARTICLE 3. FORM AND EFFECT OF DEEDS AND CONTRACTS.
§36-3-8a. Surface owners' rights to purchase mineral estates.
Beginning January 1, 2014, an owner of a mineral estate shall
give the surface owner the right of first refusal to purchase the mineral estate in the event the mineral estate is sold.
NOTE: The purpose if the bill is to grant a surface owner the
right to purchase a mineral estate in the event the mineral estate
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.