Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement regarding the filing of a proposed settlement to resolve litigation between Chesapeake Appalachia, Inc. and Pennsylvania landowners over the matter of certain deductions from natural gas royalty payments.
"I am pleased with the proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit filed against Chesapeake Appalachia, Inc.
"As governor, my foremost interest is in ensuring that the landowners of Pennsylvania are treated fairly and with respect. I have previously discussed this matter with both state and local elected officials who likewise were concerned about the deductions taken from citizens' natural gas royalty payments. In response, I communicated these concerns on behalf of Pennsylvania's landowners directly to Doug Lawler, Chesapeake Energy's new President and Chief Executive Officer.
"I am very appreciative of Mr. Lawler's personal interest and efforts to resolve this matter. While I understand that serious issues still remain concerning other landowners affected by royalty payment deductions, the proposed settlement is a significant step forward in protecting the interests of Pennsylvania's landowners."