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Introduced Version House Bill 2874 History

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H. B. 2874


          (By Delegates Eldridge, Barill, Campbell, Tomblin,
Young, Moye and Manypenny)

          [Introduced March 8, 2013; referred to the
Committee on Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business then the Judiciary.]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §36-3-8a, relating to requiring natural gas lessors to provide surface owners on whose properties natural gas producing wells are drilled up to three hundred million cubic feet of free gas per year; and providing that the lessor and an owner may agree to a larger amount.
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 follows:
ARTICLE 3. FORM AND EFFECT OF DEEDS AND CONTRACTS.
§36-3-8a. Natural gas leases; free gas.
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A natural gas lessor who drills a natural gas producing well shall provide up to three hundred million cubic feet of free gas per year to the owner of the surface on whose property the well is drilled. However, the lessor and the surface owner may agree to an amount in excess of three hundred million cubic feet.



     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require a natural gas lessor to provide a surface owner on whose property a natural gas producing well is drilled up to three hundred million cubic feet of free gas per year. The bill also provides that the lessor and surface owner may agree to a larger amount.


     This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.
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