From the Associated Press:
A second man has pleaded guilty to his role in a $2.4 million scheme to steal natural-gas drilling rights from western Pennsylvania property owners.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports 33-year-old Derek Candelore, of Jeannette, must return for sentencing before a federal judge in Pittsburgh on Jan. 31.
Candelore pleaded guilty Tuesday.
William Ray, 29, of Monroeville, pleaded guilty in September and will return for sentencing Jan. 10.
The men were charged with wire fraud, accused of forging signatures, deeds and other documents to acquire mineral rights to some 40 Washington County properties, which were re-sold to Marcellus Shale drilling firm Range Resources.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.