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Report: asst AG's role in Va. natgas case broader

Friday - 9/20/2013, 1:49pm  ET

BRISTOL, Va. -- A review of emails is again raising questions about an assistant attorney general's role in a dispute over natural gas royalties in southwest Virginia.

The Bristol Herald Courier ( reports that the attorney's involvement goes beyond defending a state law. The newspaper reports she provided legal strategy to two energy companies being sued by the landowners.

The emails reviewed were written between 2010 and 2012 by Sharon Pigeon, the attorney general's office counsel to the Virginia Gas and Oil Gas Board.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office called the revelations "nothing new."

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has acknowledged Pigeon's emails with the gas companies were "overzealous," but he has said they were related to her representation of the Gas and Oil Board.


Information from: Bristol Herald Courier,

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