Pennsylvania AG Pushes to Keep Chesapeake Royalties Lawsuit in State Court

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s (AG) office has pushed back against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s efforts to have a far-reaching royalties lawsuit be decided by a federal, rather than a state court, arguing it has the right to prosecute antitrust violations and protect the state’s landowners.

June 20, 2016

Pennsylvania Court Again Dismisses Landowner Lawsuit Against Fracking Opponents

A Western Pennsylvania common pleas court has again dismissed a landowner lawsuit filed against two environmental organizations and local residents for their efforts to oppose oil and gas development.

June 3, 2016

Atlantic Coast Still On Schedule Despite Route Change, Execs Say

As Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC continues to face regulatory hurdles and stall attempts from opposed landowners refusing access for survey work, executives for the pipeline held a conference call with reporters Tuesday reassuring all that the project is on budget and on track for its scheduled 2018 in-service date.

March 23, 2016

Ohio Bill To Ease Oil/Gas Unitization Process Still Stuck in Committee

A bill passed unanimously by the Ohio House of Representatives early last year that would help oil and natural gas companies more easily form drilling units by allowing them to unitize state-owned land such as roads, universities and wildlife areas, remains stuck in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

March 22, 2016

West Virginia Senate Votes Down Pipeline Survey Bill

The West Virginia Senate on Monday rejected a bill that would have given natural gas companies the right to survey on private property without the owner’s consent.

March 2, 2016

Pennsylvania AG Sues Chesapeake For Royalty Deductions Following Investigation

After more than a year-long investigation that involved hundreds of landowners and industry cooperation, Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane’s office said Wednesday it has filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its affiliates for deceptive business practices.

December 9, 2015

Pennsylvania Royalties Settlement Swells to $17M-Plus And Growing For Chesapeake

A long-delayed class action settlement between Pennsylvania landowners and Chesapeake Energy Corp. to resolve claims that the company improperly deducted post-production fees from royalties has received preliminary approval from a federal judge, ballooning to more than $17 million and now involving thousands of property owners.

December 8, 2015

Wyoming Supreme Court Backs Landowners on Abandoned CBM Wells Case

The Wyoming Supreme Court last Wednesday sided with two landowners suing to force the cleanup of abandoned coalbed methane (CBM) wells, long a source of contention throughout the state.

December 7, 2015

West Virginia Lawmakers Again Likely to Consider Forced Pooling Legislation

A West Virginia lawmaker plans to again introduce a bill that would allow exploration and production companies drilling the Marcellus Shale and other shallower formations to pool landowners into units despite the failure of similar legislation in recent years.

November 18, 2015

Ascent Resources Picks Up American Energy’s $9M-Plus Battle With Utica Landowners

Ascent Resources LLC has responded to a lawsuit filed by nearly 70 landowners in Southeast Ohio against its predecessor company, American Energy Utica LLC (AEU), seeking to dismiss claims that it owes more than $9.2 million in overdue lease signing bonuses and court fees.

October 8, 2015