Hess Will Challenge OH Court Decision to End Lease

A few weeks ago MDN told you about the court case Hess lost where they tried to tie up the leases for Ohio landowners beyond the initial 5-year term (see Hess Loses OH Court Case, May Owe Big Bucks to 300 Landowners). What it amounts to is that Hess doesn’t want to pay them more money. The landowners who sued and won–Stephen and Melissa Griffiths from Jefferson County, OH–received an initial $6,500 in bonus payments in 2007 for their 228 acres. If they were signing a lease today they would get something like $1.5 million! Hess didn’t drill on the property during the 5-year term called for in the lease, but instead claim some cockamamie extension in the lease terms allows them extra time before they drill. Sorry Charlie, the judge said no.

Hess is miffed and says they will “vigorously challenge” the court decision, tying up the Griffiths’ lease for perhaps another year while this works its way through yet another court…

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