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Surface Owner Symposium in Bruceton Mills on March 4
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by Chuck Wyrostok, Sierra Club Outreach Organizer | 2012

This is a good opportunity to learn about your rights as a WV land owner in the Marcellus Shale region of our state.

West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (SORO), Friends of Deckers Creek, Friends of the Cheat, and Preston CARES (Citizens’ Alliance for Resources and Environmental Safety) are hosting a Marcellus Shale community symposium focused on landowners’ rights. Other topics to be addressed include leasing issues and volunteer water monitoring programs.
 
The symposium will be held on Sunday, March 4th, 3–4:30PM at the Bruceton United Methodist Church in Bruceton Mills, WV, and is open to the public. Julie Archer from the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (WVSORO) will present “The Top 10 Tips for Surface Owners Before/When the Oil and Gas Driller Shows Up.” Morgantown attorney Jay Leon who specializes in energy, oil, and gas law will address leasing issues such as lease holding and renewal. Friends of Deckers Creek and Friends of the Cheat will briefly discuss their citizen scientist monitoring programs. There will also be ample time for questions and discussion.
 
This will be a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the potential environmental impacts from Marcellus Shale drilling, landowners’ rights, and to get involved with monitoring efforts. We hope to see you there!

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