New York Plaintiffs Granted Declaration Leases Issued To Gas Companies Expired

New York Plaintiffs Granted Declaration Leases Issued To Gas Companies Expired

UTICA, N.Y. - Dozens of mineral estate owners who sued Chesapeake Appalachia and Statoilhydro USA Onshore Properties Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York were granted a declaration Nov. 15 that certain oil and natural gas leases between the parties had expired and that the moratorium on horizontal drilling issued in July 2008 by the governor is not grounds for the companies to declare the leases extended (Douglas Aukema, et al. v. Cheaspeake Appalachia, et al.,  No. 11-489, N.D. N.Y.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163175).

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