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Gas driller signs grandma to bad lease, cuts grandkids out

Published 11/26/2010, Associated Press

As she lived out her final years in a nursing home, 94-year-old Bernice Price had a visitor one day, a stranger interested in her family's wooded, 115-acre spread. Would she care to lease it to one of the nation's biggest energy companies? It was a paltry offer, only $50 an acre. Price accepted it, signing a 10-year lease giving Chesapeake Energy Corp. the right to sink gas wells on the former dairy farm in northern Pennsylvania.

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