Chesapeake Refuses to Fix OH Road, Town Terminates RUMA

Chesapeake Energy has told Franklin Township (Columbiana County), OH to stuff their RUMA where the sun doesn’t shine, in so many words. A RUMA is a Road Use Maintenance Agreement under which a driller agrees to maintain certain roadways in a town or county that they’re using to access drill pads. When you run heavy trucks over roads constantly, it damages the roads. Chessy had such an agreement with Franklin Township and since they aren’t drilling right now (any more?) in the town, they refused to fix a road Franklin thought they should fix. So Franklin has terminated the RUMA. Next step–lower the weight limit for trucks on the roads and bar Chesapeake trucks from using them. We wonder if Chessy has ever heard the phrase “cutting off your nose to spite your face”…

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