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May 7, 2011 – Article by Bristol Herald Courier

A Buchanan County landowner who never wittingly leased the natural gas beneath his property, got a call early this year from a land supervisor with one of the commonwealth’s most powerful energy companies, telling him that there was “uncertainty” whether … Continue reading

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April 20, 2011 – Jonathan Hootman from WMMT Interviews Don Barrett

Jonathan Hootman from WMMT recently interviewed Don Barrett.  To hear the full interview, go to the “Resources” section.  To view the WMMT website, please go to

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April 12, 2011 – Article by Bristol Herald Courier

April 12, 2011 – Claire Galofaro of the Bristol Herald Courier wrote an article about the Court’s recent order denying the gas companys’ request to let Virginia Supreme Court decide one suit’s central question: whether the company is entitled to deduct the … Continue reading

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March 24, 2011 – Court Issues Important Order

Today, Judge Jones of the Western District of Virginia issued an important ruling in Legard v. EQT Corporation.  The Plaintiffs are very pleased with this decision.  The practical effect of the order is that at least some of EQT’s bogus … Continue reading

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Newspaper Series on Gas Royalties Owed to Virginia Landowners Wins Pulitzer Prize

An investigative series by journalist Daniel Gilbert for the Bristol Herald Courier exposed a system that allowed coal and energy corporations in Southwest Virginia to drain natural gas belonging to thousands of landowners without compensation. The eight-day series, which began … Continue reading

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Why Virginia Property Owners Are Entitled To Payments for Coal Gas Produced on their Properties

The property owners represented by the Virginia Gas Owners Litigation Group maintain that under the controlling statutory and common law in Virginia they, not the coal producers, own the coalbed methane gas that is produced from the lands in which … Continue reading

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