Call or E-mail! SB 508 a “Kick in the Face”
West Virginians well know: The 2016 Legislative Session is underway. And so, we urgently need you to make some calls and/or visit your legislators.
First up: WV Senate Bill #508 is a Kick in the Face to Local Residents. Our friends with WVSORO report:
Earlier this week, seven Senators introduced SB 508, which would take away citizens’ ability to bring “nuisance” suits against oil and gas drillers. As we reported in our Summer 2015 newsletter, a number of these cases have been filed in Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Pleasants, Ritchie and Kanawha Counties against companies drilling and operating wells to the Marcellus and other shale formations.
SB 508 undermines the law hundreds of West Virginians have used to file suit against the oil and gas companies whose activities have negatively affected their quality and way of life, making it virtually impossible for other affected residents to bring similar suits in the future. Bringing this type of legal action is the only recourse many people have. We can’t let the Legislature take this right away.
Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your Senators and tell them to oppose SB 508 and preserve our right to bring nuisance suits.
Here’s an e-mail list of all the Senate Judiciary Committee members. At the bottom of the list are all the e-dresses compiled so that they can be copied and pasted into an one e-mail, so you can quickly contact all the members at once.
Need some inspiration to write your letter? SORO has shared a letter one member sent to her legislators; see that here. Remember, your own words sway legislators more than a boiler plate e-mail, so please write your own e-mail or call today!
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