N.Y., Chesapeake Energy reach settlement on disputed gas leases | Press & Sun-Bulletin | pressconnects.com

N.Y., Chesapeake Energy reach settlement on disputed gas leases | Press & Sun-Bulletin | pressconnects.com.

Summary of Judgment:

June 14, 2012 CHESAPEAKE/ NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL SETTLEMENT
AGREEMENT: OVERVIEW OF # OF LEASES IMPACTED:
1. BACKGROUND:
a. Document is called “ASSURANCE OF DISCONTINUANCE”
b. Combines AG’s investigation into:
i. Force majeure claims by Chesapeake; and
ii. Lease extension clauses
iii. No admission of wrong doing by Chesapeake.
2. # OF LEASES IMPACTED:
a. 50 LEASES–Chesapeake agrees to release–these had a blank
for the amount necessary to trigger the Automatic Extension;
b. 4,365 LEASES–land owners can negotiate with other gas
companies:
i. If they receive bona fide offers that are better;
ii. Then Chesapeake can decide if they will match the better
terms or release the lease, after the better one
executed;
c. 1,865 LEASES–AG agrees that Chesapeake has extended
properly under the Automatic Extension clause
3. OTHER PROVISIONS:
a. Chesapeake will not use the state environmental review
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process as a reason to extend any leases expiring after Dec. 31,
2013;
b. Chesapeake will pay state $250,000.00 to cover its costs for
this investigation;
c. There is no agreement as to whether Chesapeake’s force
majeure claims, based on state regulatory situation, are valid
or invalid.

The Truth and Consequences of Fracking”.

“The Truth and Consequences of Fracking”
Canadian Oil & Gas Consultant Jessica Ernst to Give Presentation in Ithaca
7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 23, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca

Jessica Ernst, a scientist from Alberta, Canada who is suing the EnCana gas company for contaminating her water well with methane and toxic chemicals and the Alberta regulators for negligence and unlawful activities, will present “The Truth and Consequences of Fracking”.

Alberta has been hit hard by fracking for coal bed methane. Industry, the regulators and Alberta government try hard to silence Ernst. She is visiting New York to help residents understand the dire consequences of fracking before it begins in the state.

Jessica Ernst background:
Jessica Ernst, from Rosebud, Alberta, Canada, is an environmental consultant to the oil and gas industry with 30 years of experience. Speaking to worldwide audiences about the consequences of fracking, she has traveled to Ireland and to the United Nations, where she received UNANIMA International’s “Woman of Courage” award for her efforts to hold companies accountable for environmental harm done by fracking.
Ernst’s lawsuit (allegations to be proven in court): http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/
Video of Jessica Ernst talk 11/12/11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1xRQt3Q0xPc#!
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Ms. Ernst will present in four locations in the area:  All events start at 7:00
Monday, May 21, Elmira Heights Theater, 210 E. 14 St., Elmira Heights, sponsored by People for a Healthy Environment, Inc.
Tuesday, May 22, Hubbard Auditorium, Tioga County Office Building, 76 Main Street, Owego, sponsored by RAFT – Residents Against Fracking Tioga, and Coalition to Protect New York.
Wednesday, May 23, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, sponsored by Shaleshock, DRAC, and the Social Justice Committee of First Unitarian Society
Thursday, May 24, LaFayette High School, 3122 Rte. 11 N., LaFayette, sponsored by Gas Drilling Awareness of Cortland County, ShaleshockCNY, Syracuse Peace Council, and Skaneateles Citizens Hydrofracking Committee
The events are free and open.
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Ernst v. EnCana Corporation | Landowner Jessica Ernst sues EnCana and Alberta government regulators over water contamination

Ernst v. EnCana Corporation | Landowner Jessica Ernst sues EnCana and Alberta government regulators over water contamination.

In Fracking Secrecy Court Case, Newspapers Get Support From Doctors, Scientists, Advocates

EARTHWORKS | In Fracking Secrecy Court Case, Newspapers Get Support From Doctors, Scientists, Advocates.

 

In Fracking Secrecy Court Case, Newspapers Get Support From Doctors, Scientists, Advocates

MSC, drillers seek to intervene in Act 13 suit

MSC, drillers seek to intervene in Act 13 suit.  Contains text of Robinson Twp v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Shale Gas Review: Status of Home Rule appeals uncertain as deadline nears Arguing against local control could put Republicans on spot

Shale Gas Review: Status of Home Rule appeals uncertain as deadline nears Arguing against local control could put Republicans on spot.

The Capitol Pressroom for February 29, 2012 | WCNY Blogs

The Capitol Pressroom for February 29, 2012 | WCNY Blogs.

Anschutz Explorations Attorney Tom West discusses the recent Dryden ruling on Home Rule.

The Capitol Pressroom for February 27, 2012 | WCNY Blogs

“Home” Rulings

Ithaca attorney Helen Slottje, of the Community Environmental Defense Council joins us along with Katherine Nadeau of Environmental Advocates with a pro-home rule perspective on the court decisions in both the Dryden & Middlefield cases.  Begins at 12:23

The Capitol Pressroom for February 27, 2012 | WCNY Blogs.

The Marcellus Effect: Another Judge Upholds Second Town Ban on Fracking

The Marcellus Effect: Another Judge Upholds Second Town Ban on Fracking.