Wheeling Non-Profits Sue Chesapeake for Taking O&G with No Lease

A group of non-profit organizations in the Wheeling, WV area is suing Chesapeake Energy claiming the company illegally stole oil and natural gas from underneath their property without a valid lease. The Parks System Trust Fund of Wheeling, Ohio Valley Medical Center, Elmhurst House of Friendship, Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Children’s Home of Wheeling and the YWCA are all joint owners of 224 acres bequeathed to them in 1957. The groups say Chesapeake illegally pooled their acreage with others in a local drilling unit and proceeded to extract oil and gas without paying them…

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