North Texans Challenge Drillers Over Royalties

Chesapeake Energy’s mark on Fort Worth is hard to miss.

The company’s 20-story office building is a prominent fixture of the Fort Worth skyline. And Chesapeake, the second-biggest driller in the Barnett Shale in North Texas, owns many of the hundreds of drilling pads nestled among the city’s homes, schools and playgrounds.

Chesapeake also has the drilling rights to more than half of the nearly 500 mineral leases that Fort Worth has issued for city property. Since 2006, the Oklahoma City-based driller has produced more than 200 billion cubic feet of natural gas on city-owned land and has paid the ...

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