Hess Loses OH Court Case, May Owe Big Bucks to 300 Landowners

Hess has just lost a court case in Ohio that may end up costing the company dearly. Hess had purchased leases in eastern Ohio from other companies. The original leases date to 2006-2008 and in many cases the landowners were paid as little as $10 per acre for a signing bonus–absolutely peanuts compared to today’s rates for $5K or more per acre. A Jefferson County landowner sued Hess to get out of his lease agreement because the company had not drilled on his property. Hess argued provisions in the lease let them extend the lease by paying a nominal extra fee.

Hess lost, and now will have to pay that landowner (and by extension around 300 other landowners) big re-signing bonuses or risk losing the land…

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