Shortchanged? Landowners, Lawmakers, Prosecutors Target Gas Driller
LITCHFIELD -- The Drake brothers thought their century-old family farm near Sayre would make them rich. Back in 2000, they sold the natural gas rights on their 490-acre farm to Chesapeake Energy. "It's going to be free, easy money," said Jim Drake. It began in 2010, when the well on the Drake farm first produced natural gas. But two years later, the brothers noticed their royalty checks from Chesapeake shrinking.