This year, the Swamp Dwellers in Charleston are making another attempt to pass a Right to Trespass bill for their out-of-state gas company donors—HB 4168. If it is passed, this bill will allow any natural gas firm, corporation, or company to enter private property without the property owner’s permission.
Adding insult to injury, not only will the bill allow representatives of a gas company to enter your land without permission, it will also redefine the action as “neither a trespass nor a taking. Such entries shall be considered a minimal intrusion.”
HB 4168 is currently in the House Energy Committee. Unfortunately, four out of the six sponsors of the Right to Trespass bill are members of the House Energy Committee, and three out of the six (Anderson, Kelly, and Zatezalo) are the Chair and Vice Chairs.
We need to send a strong message to our legislators on the House Energy Committee (especially the Swamp Masterminds of this bill) that HB 4168 is absolutely unacceptable. Out-of-state gas companies and their imported workers entering our land without our consent or even against our wishes IS trespassing, plain and simple. These unauthorized entries would be more than simply minimal intrusions—they would be a severe and dangerous violation of our most basic property rights.
Please take a few minutes to contact the House Energy Committee and tell them No Right to Trespass and No HB 4168. Remember that calls are most effective.
House Energy Committee Members
Right to Trespass Lead Sponsor, Bill Anderson, Chair: (304) 340-3168
Right to Trespass Sponsor, John Kelly, Vice Chair (Oil and Gas): (304) 340-3394
Right to Trespass Sponsor, Mark Zatezalo, Vice Chair (Coal): (304) 340-3120
Dave Pethtel, Minority Chair: (304) 340-3158
Jeff Eldridge, Minority Vice-Chair: (304) 340-3113
Brent Boggs: (304) 340-3142
Mike Caputo: (304) 340-3249
Bill Hamilton: (304) 340-3167
Jason Harshbarger: (304) 340-3195
Kenneth Hicks: (304) 340-3155
Right to Trespass Sponsor, Joshua Higginbotham: (304) 340-3118
Kayla Kessinger: (304) 340-3197
Dana Lynch: (304) 340-3916
Justin Marcum: (304) 340-3126
Patrick Martin: (304) 340-3123
Zack Maynard: (304) 340-3152
Tim Miley: (304) 340-3240
Tony Paynter: (304) 340-3163
Rupert Phillips: (304) 340-3174
Roger Romine: (304) 340-3226
Joe Statler: (304) 340-3900
Erikka Storch: (304) 340-3378
Terri Sypolt: (304) 340-3160
Jill Upson: (304) 340-3366
Guy Ward: (304) 340-333
You’ve called the committee members… why not email them, too?
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