By Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E reporter, EnergyWire: February 4, 2015
Dan McDonald is hosting his second meeting of the day — one of nine this week, all in little Pennsylvania towns where royalty owners think a big oil and gas company is a big cheat.
McDonald says the royalty owners are right about Chesapeake Energy Corp. He knows from experience, he says. And he’s angry, too.
“Chesapeake literally is one of the most immoral, crooked companies I’ve ever encountered,” McDonald tells a couple of dozen northeast Pennsylvania royalty owners here in the St. Francis of Assisi Hall. “The dishonesty is just breathtaking.”
But McDonald isn’t just indignant; he’s a lawyer, and he’s looking for business. His Texas-based firm has spent the past year rounding up potential clients in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania for mass litigation against Chesapeake for shorting royalty owners on payments.