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A controversial oil and gas bill passed the West Virginia Senate Saturday morning — the farthest a bill with similar goals has ever gotten.

House Bill 4268, or the so-called “co-tenancy” bill, passed 23-11 during a floor session, but not without more debate. On Friday, Senators debated for at least an hour over three amendments that didn’t pass.

Reach Kate Mishkin at, 304-348-4843 or follow @katemishkin on Twitter.

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