With low prices for natural gas, Chesapeake Energy Corp. is shifting a larger share of transportation and marketing costs to the owners of Pennsylvania land it leases, Reuters reports.



Oklahoma-based Chesapeake is taking heavier deductions from royalty checks it sends to landowners to help pay to gather, compress, market and transport the natural gas from the Marcellus shale.



In some cases, royalty checks have been cut in half.



Such deductions from royalty checks are legal under Pennsylvania drilling leases.



That has, obviously, angered lease holders. State legislators are investigating what steps it might take against Chesapeake's actions.



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