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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Land owner seeks compensation from EQT for sale of hydrocarbons

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 5, 2018

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A landowner is suing EQT Production Co., alleging breach of contract in connection with the sale of hydrocarbons.

Forrest O. Miller filed a complaint April 27 in Webster Circuit Court against EQT, accusing the gas company of unlawful pooling, severance, removal, production and sale of hydrocarbons from an approximately 283.6 acre tract of land in the Grand District of Wetzel County.

According to the complaint, the defendant allegedly does not possess any rights in connection with the land in question except gas rights conveyed to the Philadelphia Co. of West Virginia in a 1911 deed.

The plaintiff claims no rights to any hydrocarbons were conveyed in the deed, therefore any production and sale of any other hydrocarbons without his consent is unlawful.

However, Miller alleges that the defendant pooled interest in hydrocarbons underlying the property with the hydrocarbons of others without the plaintiff's consent and failed to provide any consideration to Miller for the value of hydrocarbons owned by him that were wrongfully removed, extracted and sold.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all information identifying all volumes of natural gas liquids, condensates and oil produced from and sold from the subject property and an accounting for the value of natural gas liquids, condensates and oil produced from and sold from the subject property. He is represented by Samuel H. Simon of Houston Harbaugh, PC in Pittsburgh.

Webster Circuit Court case number 18-C-34

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