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Oil and gas industry rallies at WV Capitol

Hundreds of people rally Tuesday in front of the West Virginia Capitol to get the Legislature moving on a bill to help natural gas companies force minority mineral owners to allow drilling on their property.

As time starts to run out for this year’s legislative session, oil and gas workers descended on the Capitol Tuesday morning to get lawmakers moving on the latest legislation to help natural gas companies force minority mineral owners to allow drilling.

Several hundred workers gathered for what was billed as a “West Virginia Jobs Energy Rally,” just hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee had been tentatively scheduled to take up a committee substitute version of the industry-backed bill.

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