West Virginia Senate advances two bills to aid gas drillers

Gazette Mail: The West Virginia Senate advanced two bills Thursday to ease restrictions on the oil and gas industry, potentially at the expense of landowners. One bill, which limits property owners’ ability to file lawsuits when their property has been devalued, has potentially much further reaching effects, although much of the discussion focused on oil and gas drilling. The bill (SB 508) gives businesses virtual immunity from private “nuisance lawsuits” so long as the business does not violate a law, regulation......

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