Governor To Call Special Session

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Legislature's 60-day regular session comes to a close at midnight Saturday. But that may not mean that lawmakers are done for the year.

Governor Manchin anticipates calling a special session to
address the issues behind a recent landmark verdict awarded in a
royalties dispute.

A Roane County jury ordered several natural gas companies to pay
more than 400 (m) million dollars in a class-action lawsuit
alleging gas royalty owners were unfairly underpaid.

Manchin wants the parties involved to help the state clarify oil
and gas right ownership laws. The governor then hopes to convene a
one-day special session to pass the necessary changes.

Manchin also says one of the companies in the case, Chesapeake
Energy, is wrong for funding an anti-coal ad campaign in Texas. The
governor says the U-S can't afford to pit one of its energy sources
against another.

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