Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Summary Judgment For Natural Gas Well Company

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A unanimous Pennsylvania Superior Court panel on Aug. 20 affirmed judgment for a natural gas extraction company and construction contractor hired to build an 11-acre impoundment for hydraulic fracturing water over the objections of the landowners on the grounds the mineral estate owners have the right under the lease and Pennsylvania law to use the surface as necessary to develop the Marcellus shale gas (Paul F. Humberston, et al. v. Chevron USA, et al., No. 12-1270, Pa. Super.; 2013 Pa. Super. 2638).

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