Pa. prosecutor eyes gas royalty check complaints

Saturday, February 15, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is reviewing whether her office has jurisdiction to look into complaints about the costs deducted by natural gas exploration giant Chesapeake Energy before it pays landowner royalties.

A Kane spokesman said Saturday the office was undertaking the review at the request of state lawmakers.

A state senator wrote Thursday to Kane and asked for an immediate inquiry. He says his office has been inundated with complaints primarily involving the deduction of post-production costs by the Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy.

He says the deductions sometimes exceed the amount of the royalty check and that one landowner complained it was costing them money to have gas extracted from their property.

Chesapeake Energy isn't commenting.

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