H. B. 4166
(By Delegate Staton)
(Originating in the House Committee on the Judiciary)
(February 11, 2000)
A BILL to amend article three, chapter thirty-six of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated section
five-a; and to amend article three, chapter twenty-four of
said code, by adding thereto a new section, designated
section nine, all relating to the description of property
required to create an easement or right-of-way by deed.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article three, chapter thirty-six of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section five-
a; and that article three, chapter twenty-four of said code, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section nine,
all to read as follows:
CHAPTER 36. ESTATES AND PROPERTY.
ARTICLE 3. FORM AND EFFECT OF DEEDS AND CONTRACTS.
Easement and right-of-way; description of property;
exception for certain public utility facilities.
(a) Any deed or instrument executed on or after the
effective date of this section which initially grants or reserves
an easement or right-of-way shall describe the easement or right-
of-way by metes and bounds, or by specification of the centerline
of the easement or right-of-way, or by station and offset, or by
reference to an attached drawing or plat which may not require a
survey, or by source of title and reference to the most recent
deed sufficient to reasonably identify and locate the easement or
right-of-way on the property. The deed or instrument shall also
identify the source of the property owner's title by reference to
the most recent deed of record.
(b) This section does not apply to the construction of a
service extension from a main distribution system of a public
utility when such service extension is located entirely on,
below, or above the property to which the utility service is to
CHAPTER 24. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.
ARTICLE 3. DUTIES AND PRIVILEGES OF PUBLIC UTILITIES SUBJECT TO
REGULATIONS OF COMMISSION.
§ 24-3-9. Easement and right-of-way.
No public utility shall acquire an easement or right-of-way
unless the deed granting or reserving the easement or right-of-
way describes the property in accordance with the requirements of
section five-a, article three, chapter thirty-six of this code.
Chapter 36, article 3, section 5a and Chapter 24, article 3,
section 9 are new; therefore, underscoring and strike-throughs
have been omitted.