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Investigation into Attorney General's Office and Energy Companies

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August 13, 2013

A Virginia assistant attorney general is under investigation, accused of improperly advising energy companies in a court fight with southwest Virginia landowners over natural gas royalties.

Assistant Attorney General Sharon Pidgeon allegedly sent emails to two energy companies, EQT Production Co. and CNX, offering advice on how to fight lawsuits seeking at least $28 million in gas royalties tied up in state-mandated escrow accounts.

Inspector General Michael Moreheart is carrying out the investigation.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says in a written statement the inspector general will find his office acted appropriately.

Cuccinelli's gubernatorial campaign has received more than $100,000 from CNX's parent company.

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