Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

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 […]

Carroll County: 75 more landowners file suit against Chesapeake for unfair lease practice

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A lawsuit representing 75 landowners and 3,000 acres of land in Carroll County has been filed against Chesapeake Exploration for unfair lease practices. The lawsuit was filed by Attys. Lee Plakas, Gary Corroto and Josh O’Farrell of the Canton law firm of Tzangas Plakas Mannos and Raies Ltd. It was filed March […]

Pa. Ag Secretary George Greig tours Brunton Dairy and gives it a clean bill of health

Friday, March 23, 2012

Brunton Dairy, a family-owned dairy farm and processor in Aliquippa, Pa., hosted Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig and Pa. State Senator Elder Vogel Jr. March 23.

Infrastructure, patience and time is needed in shale areas

Friday, March 23, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Economic booms are ahead for the Utica and Marcellus shale areas, but patience is needed for it to happen. Kristen Holmquist, the manager for natural gas liquids for Bentek Energy, spoke March 20 at the Hart Energy’s 2012 Marcellus Midstream conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Fracking Holmquist told the crowd there are 1,000 […]

Pipeline easements are the next step towards progress in the Utica shale

Thursday, March 22, 2012

More business for the lawyers: The best thing anyone contemplating a pipeline easement can do is secure an attorney who knows property law and the gas industry.

Keep your eye on the environment when considering pipeline easements

Thursday, March 22, 2012

CARROLLTON, Ohio — Besides the legal ramifications of signing a pipeline easement agreement, Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District technician Ray Rummel said there are some environmental concerns to remember as well. Keep in mind Rummel said he wants to remind landowners that an easement goes on the deed and is forever. “You only […]

USDA penalizes Barnesville Livestock Auction; closed for three sales

Thursday, March 15, 2012

BARNESVILLE, Ohio — The Barnesville Livestock Auction will be closed for three weeks — March 17, March 24 and March 31 — to fulfill a court order by the USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Program. Money problems A complaint was filed by the USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Program against Barnesville Livestock in 2009, after finding problems […]


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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