CHARLESTON — The Legislative session is entering its final two weeks — always the most intense weeks of a session — and members of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA) sat down to talk with The Dominion Post about oil and gas bills working their way through.

The big one for the gas producers and an array of stakeholders including mineral owners and surface owners is HB 4268, the cotenancy bill — to require 75 percent of a mineral tract’s co-owners to agree to a lease to allow production to move forward.

“We feel that the provisions of the cotenancy bill will allow us to drill more laterals, drill more wells. We think the bill is fair,” said Brett Loflin, vice president of regulatory affairs for Northeast Natural Energy and an IOGA board member.

The bill has made it through the House and one Senate committee; it awaits consideration by Judiciary.