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WV Landowners Want Energy Company to Give Up Mineral Rights

By: VICKI SMITH - Associated Press Writer
By: VICKI SMITH - Associated Press Writer

Some West Virginia landowners say it's time for Dominion Transmission to give up more than 50-year-old, unused mineral rights so someone else can drill natural gas wells.

A lawsuit to be tried late this summer in Preston County Circuit Court claims Dominion misled people into signing oil and gas leases in the 1950s.

It accuses Virginia-based Dominion of fraud and conspiracy, claiming it never intended to drill more than one well on some 670 acres near Rowlesburg.

David Callaghan, Northstar Energy and other plaintiffs claim that Dominion wants to tie up the land forever so no one else can explore it. They say jobs and tax revenues are lost as a result.

Dominion declined comment but has indicated it might use the geologic formations as a natural gas storage field.

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