Property owners sue well operator for breach of contract

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 25, 2019

BELLEVILLE — Two property owners are suing well operators Dupo Oilfield Development Inc. citing alleged breach of agreement.

Charles Larson and Virginia Maxine Larson filed a complaint on Dec. 31 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dupo Oilfield Development alleging that the well operators failed to operate a well in compliance with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rules and regulations.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that Charles Larson and Virginia Maxine Larson agreed to enter into an oil and gas lease agreement for certain real estate in St. Clair County. As a result of the defendant's breach, the complaint says, the plaintiffs property has been damaged and they have incurred attorney's fees in bringing this action. 

The plaintiffs holds Dupo Oilfield responsible because the defendant allegedly negligently allowed the accumulation of junk metal and debris on the plaintiffs' property and despite being ordered by the DNR to remove the debris, the defendant allegedly failed to do so.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek an order for the rescission of the agreement and declaring that defendant has no further rights under the agreement, and award for attorney's fees, costs and all further relief as the court may deem appropriate. They are represented by Jesse R. Gilsdorf of Mount Sterling.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-0832

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