Chesapeake Fights La. Over Haynesville Shale Rights

Law360, New York (November 14, 2011, 8:11 PM EST) -- Energy company Chesapeake Louisiana LP on Monday filed a lawsuit accusing the state of Louisiana of using unconstitutional maneuvers to wrest away its mineral rights in land overlaying the natural gas-rich Haynesville Shale.

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake argues in the suit that it picked up ownership of the mineral rights at issue through its purchase of oil, gas and mineral leases in the Red River Parish, La., which rests on the Haynesville Shale. According to a complaint filed in Louisiana federal court, the state gave away the mineral...
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