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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Landowners getting cheated by drillers? Windows XP demise

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 10, 2014 3:16 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:

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A number of landowners who leased their properties to Chesapeake Energy for natural gas drilling have complained the company is cheating them when it comes to the royalty payments they're owed.

Chesapeake has responded that they're taking what state law says they can in post-production costs.

But in some cases, royalty checks to landowners have decreased by more than 90%.

As a result, several bills are making their way through the legislature to ensure landowners get is due to them.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick appears on Smart Talk Friday to provide an update.

witf's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson also talks with a sponsor of one of the bills, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming).

Mary will have her weekly review of events and news at the state capitol as well.

Next Tuesday is a red letter day for those who have Windows XP as the operating system on their computers.  Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and there are fears millions of computers could be at risk, including bank ATMs.

Chuck Davis, a computer security expert who teaches at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will explain.

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  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-11 08:58

    Jes in southern York County writes...
    Great show keep up the good work.

    A provision should be added to the bill to allow a land owner to kick a company off of the leased land and to lease to a competitor gas company if the lessee begins acting unfairly. The specter of losing the lease to a competitor would serve as a deterrent to a company to act ethically and should help land owners to get a fair deal.