This article was posted 2 years ago and here we go again,
Contrary to what many believe, Forced Pooling is not a requirement that everyone in the neighborhood install a pool. All kidding aside, Forced Pooling is a very serious issue! Here in West Virginia our legislature is currently deciding if we, if West Virginia want to allow Forced Pooling to be passed into law. So what is forced pooling?
If an oil/gas company wants to drill on or near your land, they may be able to force you to allow them to drill if they get a certain percentage of your neighbors agreeing to drill! With the inevitable passing of this bill, because of the incredibly large amount of money being thrown at our legislators, a land owner will no longer have the right to decide what is done with the mineral rights on one’s property! Yes, they could put up a drilling rig near your home! So much for NIMBY legislators (Not in my back yard) who are comfortable with drilling in other places that do not effect their own environment.
Maybe this last election was more about oil/gas companies getting the right folks elected so that they could get forced Pooling Passed than it was about all the other stupid stuff that we were fed by the media. I think it is more than interesting that so near the election we are already talking about Forced Pooling. The new guys have not even tried out their assembly chairs before forced pooling has become a major discussion point.
Anyone who is a student of human behavior knows that land owner’s rights are taken away little by little. The best analogy to explain this is the slowly cooked frog. If one places a frog in a pot of cool water, it will likely sit blisfully there for a long time. Upon increasing the heat gradually way, the frog will slowly cook, never trying to escape before it heads to that great pond in the sky. If that frog is placed in hot water, it will immediately jump out to live to eat another insect. We humans are very similar to our frog. If they take away our rights very slowly, some of us, will complain, but little will be done to rectify the situation. When a disastrous situation arises suddenly, we jump into action to save the day.
If you are concerned about your rights to decide what you want to do or not do with your land and personal property, you better be contacting your legislature to express your feelings regarding Forced Pooling. Do not be like the frog who enjoys the heat and get slowly cooked.