Friday, January 04, 2013 7:47 pm
Yates Petroleum settles allegations over royalties
The Associated Press
The Artesia, N.M.-based company was accused of using unapproved meters to measure how much gas it recovered from 12 leases in the Powder River Basin. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver says the company may have underreported how much gas it collected, and therefore how much it owed in royalties to the federal government, between May 2009 and April 2012.
Yates Petroleum said Friday it believes its royalty payments were materially correct. It contends it inadvertently allowed small volumes of gas to flow through some of the metering devices while it was working to shut them down.