It appears that per a notice in the Times Leader dated 05/30 - Rice Energy is being sued for Breach of Contract by a lessee because Rice Energy (Rice Drilling) is seeking out and signing new leases with people that Rice is now claiming are 'heirs' to minerals that Rice previously signed leases to. The lessee in the lawsuit has had their royalties discontinued by Rice even though they have a Quiet Title action approved and filed with the Belmont County Court, and filed a Notice of Abandonment per the 2006 DMA. The original lessees also effected by this are those who had regained the mineral rights to their land through a Notice of Abandonment filing per the 2006 DMA code. Most of these new found heirs reside out of state. Rice is also buying these same mineral rights if the 'heir' won't agree to lease the minerals. The original lease appears to remain on the books, while behind the backs of lessees Rice seeks out other unsubstantiated holders to the mineral rights and signs another lease with them. I'm sure more will be to come with this as many current lessees are being impacted by this and they don't even know it as Rice is not notifying the lessee that they are doing this.