Emails raise more questions about the role of the attorney general’s office in a dispute over gas royalties.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has insisted that his office has played a limited and necessary role by intervening in a federal lawsuit over natural gas royalties in Southwest Virginia.
But the Bristol Herald-Courier reported Wednesday that Cuccinelli’s office opposed a property owners’ motion to obtain the emails between an assistant attorney general and lawyers from EQT Production Co. and CNX. Many were sent months after a senior judge ruled on the constitutional challenge that was the basis of the state’s interest.
The office’s desire to keep the content of the communications private casts further doubt on Cuccinelli’s assertion the state’s only interest was to protect the constitutionality of the Virginia Gas and Oil Act.