PA Farm Bureau Joins Chorus Against Chessy on Royalty Issue

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is adding its considerable weight behind the effort to pass new legislation that will guarantee landowners in the state don’t get shafted by companies like Chesapeake Energy when it comes to royalty payments. As MDN has previously reported, the royalty situation in PA has turned messy with claims that Chesapeake Energy has engaged in an elaborate scheme to pass post-production costs on to landowners–costs they technically don’t have a right to deduct (see Chesapeake Shafting Landowners out of Royalties Mess Gets Messier). What it means is that some landowners are getting peanuts–far below the state mandated 12.5% minimum royalty.

The Farm Bureau is up in arms because its members are up in arms–and so the organization is pushing for new legislation to plug the loophole that Chesapeake (and maybe others) are apparently exploiting…

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