This article is written by an attorney who has written a book to educate low income surface owners regarding their conflicts with oil and gas drillers. This book, the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Guide to Oil and Gas*, is for people who own only the surface while someone else owns the minerals or for people who own the surface and the minerals together, but they or a previous owner have already signed a lease giving producers too much leeway in deciding where and how the drilling and surface disturbance is to be done.**

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