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Seismic lawsuit filed in Columbiana County

By Bob Downing Published: April 21, 2012

A company hired to conduct seismic testing in Columbiana County for Chesapeake Energy Corp. contends five landowners have illegally kept the company off their properties, the Youngstown Vindicator reports.

The suit was filed by TSG NOPEC Geophysical Co.

The five landowners all live south or southeast of Salem.

The company says the landowners refused to sign permits allowing TSG access, despite valid leases.

TSG said its staff was repeatedly denied access and that access is critical to the seismic testing

 By refusing access, the landowners violated the terms of the leases, the company said.

The suit was filed in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Three of the five leases involve older leases.

One lawyer involved said the case would have big impacts for landowners with similar leases across Ohio.

 

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