3 landowners sue over leases

LISBON – The owners of three properties on the eastern side of the county filed a lawsuit this week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court against Chesapeake Appalachia and Statoil USA Onshore Properties.

According to court documents, Patrick and Michelle Kenney of Millrock Road, Rogers, are the owners of 19.38 acres. Joseph A. Calderone, also of Millrock Road, Rogers, is the owner of 43.5 acres of property. Roberta Susan McClure of Grimms Bridge Road, East Liverpool, is the owner of 26.557 acres.

Although notices of extensions were filed by Chesapeake Exploration, the lawsuit contends Chesapeake Exploration is not the same as Chesapeake Appalachia, the former holder of the lease.

The property owners are contending no oil and gas operations are being conducted on their properties, the extensions of alleged former leases are not valid and the leases should be released.