Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Don’t lose what means the most to you; ask questions before mining

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Mains say their farm will never be the same after long wall mining went through the property.

Work continuing on shale well pad as case makes way through federal court

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Some landowners in Darlington Township are not the only people upset with some of the tactics used by Chesapeake Exploration. Now the township supervisors are not happy.

Butler County, Pa., family loses barn and home to two blazes in two days

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CLEARFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Pennsylvania family is attempting to put their lives back together this week after two separate fires destroyed both their house and their barn. Harry S. Snyder III and his wife, Deborah, lost not only the older bank barn and the converted dairy barn housing 60 hogs, but their home and […]

Pennsylvania: Marcellus Shale legislation goes into effect for fees, but not zoning portion

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SALEM, Ohio — Most of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale impact fee legislation is now official, but a state appellate judge blocked part of it with an injunction April 11. The final bill is dubbed Act 13. The legislation went into effect April 16 and requires well drillers to pay fees based on the number of Marcellus […]

Lawrence County father and son team named Master Farmers

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

James and Rob Yost received the news in January and April 2 they received the honor of being named Master Farmers.

Pennsylvania: Municipalities say Marcellus shale impact fee legislation overreaching

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

••• As of the afternoon of April 11, Attorney John Smith who is representing some of the townships that filed the lawsuit, an injunction was granted by the judge in this case. The injunction only pertains to the zoning portion of the Marcellus shale impact fee. The rest of the legislation is still set to […]

Beaver County: Pa. landowners alleging fraud and deception against Chesapeake

Thursday, April 5, 2012

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — A lawsuit involving 17 landowners in Beaver County, Pa., has been filed against Chesapeake Exploration alleging fraud. O&G Investments The landowners signed leases between 2002 and 2005 with O&G Investment Holdings LLC, in Wooster, Ohio. The lawsuit names Jason F. Henthorne, of Key West, Fla., and Jay G. Henthorne, Marathon, Fla., […]

GIPSA files complaint against the New Wilmington Livestock Auction

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration says the New Wilmington Livestock Auction Inc. is not meeting the requirements of the Packers and Stockyards Act, in regards to the auction’s custodial account. GIPSA filed a complaint against the New Wilmington Livestock Auction and owner Tom Skelton Feb. […]

Carroll County remains the hotbed of activity in the Utica Shale

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SALEM, Ohio — Carroll County leads the pack with the number of permits issued in March for drilling Utica shale wells in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Of the 175 drilling permits issued statewide in the Utica Shale since January 2011, 60 have been issued to Carroll County sites. Carroll County […]

Chesapeake files federal lawsuit against three Beaver Co. landowners

Thursday, March 29, 2012

***UPDATE: Negotiations stalled in this case. The matter for a temporary restraining order went in front of Judge David S. Cercone March 30. He issued the temporary restraining order which stops the landowners from preventing Chesapeake Appalachia access. The matter was not decided on the validity of the leases and “was only based on the […]


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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