Mueller Environmental Designs recently joined with the Shale Energy Alliance to promote legislation aimed at updating West Virginia drilling regulations to better reflect modern production advances. The group spent two days in the state capital of Charleston discussing with legislators the merits of two key initiatives, joint development and co-tenancy. Joint development will enable better utilization of modern drilling techniques to greatly reduce environmental disturbance and allow more efficient production. Co-tenancy will align mineral rights statutes with those of other states, enabling more royalty holders to collect revenues. Passage of these common-sense initiatives will sustain local jobs, support community growth, generate more royalties, provide additional tax revenue without burdening residents and small business, and help protect West Virginia’s landscape. If you are interested in efficient energy development in the Appalachian region, or are simply interested wisely utilizing the area’s natural resources, we urge you to support the SEA’s efforts.
In the accompanying photo Mueller Vice President of Marketing Terry Burge, second from right, joins EQT representatives Jade Morel, Greg Hoyer, Audric Dodds, and Steve Hastings at SEA’s reception for West Virginia legislators.