Royalties: Why Some Strike It Rich In The Natural Gas Patch, And Others Strike Out


Jim Barrett stands next to a wellpad on his farm in Bradford County. He says Chesapeake Energy, which drilled four natural gas wells on his land, is cheating him out of royalty money. MARIE CUSICK / STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

When natural gas companies approached Charlie Clark and Jim Barrett about the minerals under their farms, the northern Pennsylvania landowners in neighboring counties both decided to let them drill.

They hoped — like so many landowners — to bring in some extra cash.

For Clark, the decision has paid off. But Barrett says he feels cheated, and is now suing his gas company.

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