LISBON - As they have done with other property owners, TGS-Nopec Geophysical Co. and Chesapeake Exploration have filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction allowing them to do seismic testing on property belonging to an objecting owner.
A lawsuit filed Monday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court requested an injunction to allow TGS-Nopec on the property of Larry J. Brogan of Hanoverton. According to the lawsuit, Brogan owns five properties in Hanover and West Townships with a total acreage of nearly 162.
Because of oil and gas leases signed in 2009, TGS-Nopec and Chesapeake allege they do not need the property owner's permission in order to do seismic testing. They believe language in the leases provides them to right to continue. The lease states they may explore for, develop and produce oil and gas from the leased lands including the right to conduct geophysical and other exploratory tests.
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A helicopter dropping supplies for seismic testing was spotted in Butler Township recently.
The lawsuit further states in two other similar cases the courts gave an injunction to the companies to begin drilling. Those two similar cases involve Golden H. Acres and James and Janet Zimmerman. Visiting Judge Richard Reinbold Jr. ruled in favor of a TGS-Nopec and Chesapeake's request for an injunction, but also ruled TGS-Nopec had to provide $50,000 in security for the two cases combined.
The request for an injunction has been sent to the judge for a ruling, with TGS-Nopec claiming the company is working in the area and quickly approaching the Brogan properties. A delay, the companies claim, could cost them $30,000 per day.