Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Belmont County: Three brothers suing Oxford Oil Company

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Feichters’ lease had called for a 160-acre pooling unit when they signed it in 2006.

Keep those mineral rights in the family

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SALEM, Ohio — With 30 years experience navigating the minefields of mineral rights and real estate, Monroe County attorney Richard A. Yoss often advises his clients not sell the mineral rights for any reason. But he does often suggest families transfer those mineral rights to another vehicle. Yoss counsels some clients to create a limited […]

Never say never: Selling rights might be OK for some

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

There are those who say selling your mineral rights can be a good thing, depending on your situation

Don’t be in a hurry to sell your mineral rights

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Take a ride in eastern Ohio and it is evident the landscape is changing. In some areas, driveways for gas well sites are being constructed, well pads are being poured and drilling is commencing, all for the much-touted energy boom.

Morning Dew Orchards: A blend of new technology and old methods keeps it profitable

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Doug Woolf has expanded the farm’s crops, and now Morning Dew Orchards produces 33 varieties of apples, many of which commercial orchards don’t grow anymore.

$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.


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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