EQT sues W. Pa. landowners over drilling leases

PITTSBURGH (AP) — EQT Corp. is using a new state law to sue scores of landowners in Allegheny County and force them to allow new shale gas drilling because the properties have older oil and gas leases.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1aWLqha ) reports Wednesday that the Pittsburgh-based company accuses 69 individuals and one golf course of blocking the company from conducting surveys to determine where to drill. The paper reports this appears to be the gas industry’s first attempt at using the new powers contained in the controversial law.

EQT spokeswoman Linda Robertson says the company has been negotiating in good faith with the landowners, though it doesn’t have to under the new law.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed the legislation in early July despite objections from the National Association of Royalty Owners.

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