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West Virginia kills bill allowing private property survey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has voted down a bill that would have let surveyors for natural gas pipelines enter people’s private property without permission.

Senators voted 23-11 to kill a bill Monday that says letting surveyors for natural gas companies on people’s property is in the public interest.

The legislation would have required trying to get consent to go on someone’s property. Companies would also have to send a notice of their intent to perform studies on someone’s property.

The bill would not have required or prevented landowners from being present when surveyors were on site.

The bill was one of several aiming to help natural gas companies in West Virginia.

In related news, West Virginia Senate OKs bill to limit nuisance lawsuits.

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