Last October we reported that Energy Corporation of America (ECA) was being sued in federal court for underpaying royalties to landowners. The suit, Pollock et al. v. Energy Corporation of America, went to trial this week.
An eight-person jury agreed with the property owners following four days of testimony.
“The damage amount is in excess of $900,000,” said William Caroselli, an attorney for the property owners. “With simple interest, it should be well over $1 million.”
The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area.
This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
and why would we trust ECA to do the right thing?
A bit of good news. Hope the landowners recouped all their legal expenses, too. Like to think the tide is changing(?) some. At least a potentially significant precedent may have been set. I’m cautiously optimistic for future changes nationwide giving landowners more of what is rightfully theirs, including property rights protections. Glad you’ve shared this, David.
Hopefully everyone in our Valley will take notice of this rogue outfit and agree to make these folks use best practices in their drilling operations to minimize further outrages to the Stillwater community. Best to you both from the “sunny” south.
Best wishes ,
Buck and Deb
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