Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Energy
Department of Energy

General Notice
DMME seeks candidates to serve as arbitrators to resolve conflicting claims for coalbed methane gas ownership
Date Posted: 6/21/2010
Expiration Date: 7/26/2010
Submitted to Registrar for publication: YES
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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is seeking qualified candidates to serve as arbitrators to administer a new program to resolve disputes over ownership of coalbed methane gas.

During its most recent session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 1344 creating a voluntary arbitration program to determine ownership of coalbed methane. That legislation establishes the qualifications individuals must possess in order to serve as an arbitrator.

In order to qualify, an individual must be an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth with at least 10 years of experience in real estate law. Substantial expertise in mineral title examination is also required. Additionally, candidates will be required to certify that they have not derived more than 10 percent of their income during any of the preceding three years from any party to the arbitration, or their family members or other affiliated entities. Candidates shall also disclose to the Board whether they have been engaged within the preceding three years by any person in matters under the Virginia Gas and Oil Act subject to the jurisdiction of the Board or the Department.

Circuit courts will use this list of qualified candidates maintained by the DMME when appointing arbitrators to hear and resolve disputes regarding coalbed methane ownership.

More information concerning the process of selecting qualified arbitrators, including a form that potential candidates can complete online, is posted on the Department’s website at Questions may also be directed to Michael Skiffington, DMME Program Support Manager, at 804-692-3212.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Michael Skiffington  / Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
1100 Bank Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, 23219-3402
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)692-3212    FAX: (804)692-3237    TDD: (800)828-1120