Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

$1 million lawsuit filed by Carroll County farming family over gas lease

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A Carroll County family farm has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Chesapeake Exploration and is seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction against the company. Robert, Carolyn, James L. and Bruce R. Starkey, all of Mechanicstown, filed the lawsuit June 11 against Patriot Energy, Buckeye Oil Products, Bass Energy and Chesapeake […]

Move over, Kardashians! Farm Kings are the new reality TV stars

Thursday, June 14, 2012

MERCER, Pa. — Grab a bowl of popcorn and turn on the television. There is a new reality series in the making, but it’s not your typical love story kind or survival of the fittest. No, it’s about a different type of love affair. It’s about the love of the soil, wondering what the weather […]

Belmont County landowners trying to cancel five-year-old oil and shale gas leases

Thursday, June 14, 2012

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — A group of Belmont County landowners claim Oxford Oil Company may be over-stretching a clause in their gas leases to extend the term of the leases without production, according to a lawsuit filed in Belmont County. The situation Fourteen Belmont County landowners have filed a lawsuit against Oxford Oil Company in […]

Manchester Farms Pennsylvania farm spans 213 years

Monday, June 11, 2012

Historic western Pa. farm fighting to survive, surrounded by longwall mining.

Marcellus and Utica shale: May appears to be busy month for permitting

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The photo is a shot of Washington County, Pennsylvania. A compressor station that services several Marcellus shale wells is located near the rear of some farms.

USDA issues order: Five county FSA offices to close in Ohio and seven in Pennsylvania

Monday, June 4, 2012

The USDA issued this map of the offices that will be closing.

Urban and rural: Congresswoman takes time to hear from both sides

Friday, June 1, 2012

BURTON, Ohio — Connecting the urban side and the rural side of the farm bill isn’t going to be easy. Throw in the differing views from both sides of Congress, and most would say it is a monumental task to get a farm bill written. Farm bill 2012? Yet, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-11, is confident […]

Ohio law supersedes landowner’s wishes and allows pipeline survey

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Bloomingdale, Ohio, landowner lost the right to stop surveyors for Enterprise Liquids Pipeline from entering her farm.

Monroe County is new leader for number of permits issued by ODNR

Thursday, May 3, 2012

SALEM, Ohio — The drilling frenzy has officially hit Monroe County. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a total of seven permits in Monroe County during April. All of the permits were issued to HG Energy for wells in Washington Township on the same property named Whitacre Enterprises Inc. Carroll County Five permits were […]

A rescue horse at the Peter Campbell horsemanship clinic gets a new home

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NEGLEY, Ohio — In a sight that had to be witnessed to believe, a rescue horse got a new home. Spectators and participants at a Peter Campbell horsemanship workshop April 19-22 at the Simmons Equestrian Center in Negley, were treated to a scene that won’t soon be recreated. Paula Mattes, organizer of the event, said […]


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About Kristy

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at