1. NATURAL GAS
Landowner disputes with Chesapeake hit a boiling point in northern Pa.
BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa. -- Swelling tax receipts and lease and royalty payments have breathed life into public budgets here and created a cushion for struggling dairy farmers and retirees. Goodwill for the economic boost and investment in infrastructure has tended to quiet the din of anti-fracking activists. But in recent months the goodwill has started to erode as local officials and landowners are accusing Chesapeake Energy of cheating them out of royalty payments by imposing large fees for "post-production" costs.