More landowners sue to terminate lease

May 7, 2012

LISBON - The owners of three additional properties leased as part of the Brinker Storage Field with Columbia Gas Transmission LLC filed a lawsuit Thursday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court requesting the leases be terminated.

This is the second lawsuit regarding Brinker Storage Field which has been been filed in the past two weeks.

Steven B. May is contesting a lease of 3.71 acres which was signed in two nearly identical contracts from Sept. 19, 1946 and July 31, 1956. Orvill K. Burbick Jr. has added his name regarding 1.01 acres of property leased on Dec. 5, 1963.

Finally, Richard and Lisa Burbick, the owners for 3.495 acres, are contesting the lease of the property on Dec. 5, 1963.

The property owners are alleging the contracts have expired, because some were for only 10 years and others for five years. They further state no gas wells were drilled on their properties and the company is not currently conducting any drilling on the properties. The lawsuit also states the rental prices of $10.50 for the May leases, $10.25 for the first Burbick lease and $20 for the final lease have not been recently paid.

All of the property owners attempted to file leases with Chesapeake Energy, which were blocked by Columbia Gas Transmission, according to the lawsuit.

Like the previous lawsuit filed, this one was filed by attorneys Sean Richard Scullin and Timothy Joseph Cunning of Boardman. The previous lawsuit was filed by property owners Kenneth and Pamela Baer.

The Brinker Storage Field covers about 30,000 acres northeast of Lisbon.



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