In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

Jan Brown looks over a royalty statement at his home in Wyalusing. Brown and other landowners with natural gas wells contend that gas companies are ripping them off by taking improper deductions from their royalty checks. The drilling industry says the deductions are proper.

WYALUSING (AP) - Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went.

A few months ago, the nation's second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property - but paid him only $359 after taking deductions for transportation and processing.

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