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Natural Gas Companies Get Appeal of Landowner Class Action

Jan. 20, 2022, 9:46 PM

EQT Corp., Equitrans LP, and EQM Midstream Partners LP will be allowed to immediately appeal a decision letting a Pennsylvania man’s lawsuit alleging that the companies intruded on private land move forward as a class action, the Third Circuit said Thursday.

About 100 landowners alleged the companies have been injecting and storing natural gas in six storage fields, utilizing the landowners’ underground pore space without providing them due compensation. All the plaintiffs except for Domenic Laudato Jr. have voluntarily dismissed their claims without prejudice.

The district court granted Laudato’s motion for certification of the case as a class action, ...

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