Landowner Discovers Chesapeake has $500M Lien on His Property

This one has to go in the “read your contract carefully before you sign, and never, ever sign without a lawyer” category. A Greene County, PA landowner leased his property to Chesapeake Energy a few years ago. His land hasn’t yet been added to a drilling unit. He recently wanted to refinance his mortgage, but the credit union phoned him up with a “small” problem: Chesapeake has put a $500 MILLION lien against the lease his property. Normally the lien is against the oil and gas rights, but in the case of this landowner, it’s not specified in the contract, meaning the lien is against the property itself. And he’s not able to refinance.

Notice the landowner’s advice to other landowners in the last sentence of this story (and TAKE HEED)…

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