Judge Wants W.Va. High Court's Take On Fracking Rights

Law360, New York (April 3, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT) -- A West Virginia federal judge has asked the state's high court to weigh in on whether natural gas companies can exercise surface rights to drill wells into neighboring lands, saying the determination could have a profound impact on hydraulic fracturing in the state.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley put a dispute between landowner Richard Cain and XTO Energy Inc. on hold March 28 in order to seek a determination from the West Virginia Supreme Court as to whether XTO's drilling rights on Cain's property allow...
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