The Michigan attorney general's office says Chesapeake Energy has been ordered to stand trial in a racketeering case that accuses it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.
A probable cause hearing in the criminal case against the Oklahoma City-based company took place in August in Cheboygan District Court. Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced the judge's decision, which had been expected in a written opinion.
The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment from a Chesapeake spokesman.
A northern Michigan judge plans to issue a ruling on whether Chesapeake Energy should stand trial on racketeering charges that accuse it of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.
Charges have been filed by Michigan against an Oklahoma-based energy company in what authorities say was a land-leasing scheme.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday says he chargedChesapeake Energy Corp. with conducting criminal enterprises and false pretenses.
Schuette's complaint in Cheboygan District Court says land options in northern Michigan were obtained to keep competing companies from leasing. The leases later were canceled when competition for land ended.
The chairman of the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is asking state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate allegations of fraud against Pennsylvania’s biggest natural gas driller, Chesapeake Energy.
A Chesapeake Energy subsidiary agrees to nearly $10 million in fines and restoration work to settle federal allegations over unauthorized discharges of fill material at more than two dozen natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced the settlement Thursday.
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake's subsidiary, Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, will pay a $3.2 million fine and spend $6.7 million on restoration work. It also agreed to implement a plan to follow water protection laws.