Chesapeake Energy’s Theft of PA Landowner’s Royalties

It’s no wonder Pennsylvania landowners are up in arms over their treatment by Chesapeake Energy. Two weeks ago MDN told you about a new bill, HB 1391, that will ensure Pennsylvania landowners receive a minimum 12.5% in royalties for any gas or oil taken from their land (see New Bill HB 1391 Will Guarantee PA Landowners 12.5% Royalties). The reason such a bill is necessary is because landowners are being robbed by some (not all) drillers who are deducting certain “post production” expenses from royalty checks–essentially stealing money that belongs to landowners. Here is a perfect example from Bradford County, PA–the most drilled Marcellus county in the state…

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