A woman in Hancock County, West Virginia, filed a lawsuit in Hancock Circuit Court against Chesapeake Appalachia alleging the company should not be able to renew or extend an oil and gas lease it has with her because no drilling occurred during the lease's initial five-year term, The West Virginia Record reports. The landowner originally entered into the 2007 lease with Great Lakes Energy Partners, which later assigned the lease to Chesapeake Appalachia. Chesapeake filed a notice of extension 13 days before the lease was set to expire. The company removed the case to federal court, where a district judge ruled last week that "[t]his argument fails as a matter of West Virginia law. West Virginia courts have consistently found that extension and renewal clauses in leases, barring the inclusion of language ‘so plain as to admit no doubt of the purpose to provide for a perpetual renewal,’ grant the lessee a right to a single renewal or extension," according to the opinion. For more, read the full story and opinion.