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Jun 30, 2011 10:10 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Appeals court overturns lease cancellation ruling

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A state district court ruling that partially canceled the mineral lease of a DeSoto Parish landowner has been overturned by a state appeal court.
The landowner had sued Questar Exploration and Production Co., for failing to develop lower producing levels in areas, including the Haynesville Shale gas development in northwest Louisiana, according to The Times of Shreveport.
A judge ruled in the landowner's favor in 2010, finding that Questar never intended to develop the landowner's deep mineral rights.
In a ruling released Wednesday, the state 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal said the landowner received royalties from shallow strata over the years, and that there is no evidence an operator could have begun exploration or drilling in the deep strata within the time frame in question.

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