LISBON - TGS-Nopek Geophysical Co. and Chesapeake Exploration have again filed a lawsuit against property owners seeking an injunction to be allowed to begin seismic testing on their Hanoverton properties.
Steven Tarka, Bethesda Road; Joseph Bernet, Thomas Bernet and Joy Bernet, all of Stroup Road, were all named as defendants in the lawsuit. Tarka is the owner of 96 acres in Franklin Township on which a lease was filed in April 2010. Joseph and Thomas Bernet are the owners of 114 acres in Hanover Township allegedly leased in June 2009. Joseph and Joy Bernet are the owners of an additional 115 acres in Franklin Township reportedly leased in May 2009.
As in previous lawsuits, TGS-Nopek 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 the 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.
This lawsuit is similar to the lawsuit filed by TGS-Nopek and Chesapeake earlier this week against Larry J. Brogan of Hanoverton. In that lawsuit, on Wednesday a notice of dismissal was filed by the plaintiff's attorney and sent to Judge Scott Washam.