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Kinsman couple asking judge to release them from oil and gas lease

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KINSMAN, Ohio - A Trumbull County couple wants to be released from what they claim is an illegal oil and gas lease and they say as many as 100 other property owners may be in a similar situation.

Ken and Martha Cole are asking a federal judge to nullify a mineral rights lease on their Kinsman farm.

The Coles claim that the agent that brought them the lease in 2006 did not have documents notarized in their presence.

Since that time, the shale boom has driven up the price energy companies are paying for drilling rights.

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