SCRANTON — Three Wyalusing families have filed a petition in federal court to force Marcellus gas driller Chesepeake Energy to honor its leases.
The families are experiencing daily suffering due to the negative effects of oil and gas drilling, according Scranton attorney Todd J. O’Malley.
O’Malley claimed “When these families entered into lease agreements with Chesapeake, those leases contained clauses that required arbitration in the event of a dispute. Since January 2011, we have, in good faith, been attempting to arrange the rules and venue of that arbitration. While these local families are hit with one hardship after another, Chesapeake is dilly-dallying around, extending this process unnecessarily and doing incalculable harm along the way...”
Attorney William S. Friedlander, who partners with O’Malley in the Marcellus Shale Oil and Gas Litigation Group, claimed “There has been water contamination, diagnoses of post- traumatic stress disorder and severe aggravation of existing health conditions.Read More: