PA Landowners Sue XTO Energy for Shorting Them on Royalties

cha chingTwo Butler County, PA landowners with a combined 245.7 acres of land leased to XTO Energy have sued XTO claiming that XTO is breaking the lease agreement by paying royalties below 1/8 of what XTO receives in revenue for the gas. So far we’ve heard about Chesapeake Energy being the focus of these types of lawsuits for their shenanigans of inflating post-production costs from the pipeline company and then receiving a “kick back” of investments by the same pipeline company (see Chesapeake Shafting Landowners out of Royalties Mess Gets Messier). Although we don’t believe the XTO lawsuit claims the exact same thing, what it does claim is that the lease signed with the landowners does not include language that would allow XTO to deduct certain charges that they are now deducting. That’s the claim. Of course you need lawyers to sue and the lawyers in this case aren’t content with representing just two landowners. They want to turn this into a massive class action and represent hundreds of landowners (cha ching!)…

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