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Southwest Virginia's Natural Gas, Underfoot, Out of Reach, Part 8: Sue, split or do nothing

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Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2009 6:01 am | Updated: 4:36 pm, Tue Oct 1, 2013.

In three minutes, the Virginia Gas and Oil Board can force a property owner to lease his mineral rights to a private energy company.

The state regulatory body exercises this power more than a hundred times a year, converting Southwest Virginia’s vast underground pools of natural gas into the fuel that heats homes and businesses, and tipping millions of dollars to the companies that harvest it.

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