But he says EQT faces a bigger obstacle over a right of way issue: About 18 months ago, he sold a right of way for a pipeline to Colorado-based Antero Resources. EQT won't be able to access the site without crossing that right of way, he said.
Heaster has embraced the opportunities created by the booming gas industry in north-central West Virginia.
About 40 percent of his farm has been disturbed already, he said, and he has productive relationships with six gas companies that have drilled or plan to drill a total of 35 wells.
But Heaster said he doesn't like how EQT treats him, routinely coming onto his land without warning or explanation. Other companies are more courteous and cooperative, he said.
"Those gas line people, they tell you what they're going to do. They sit down with you, and they offer you a fair price,'' he said. With EQT, "from the time they set foot on the property to the time they leave, it's a fight.''
"I'm not going to argue with them. I'll go to court,'' Heaster said. "Why do they have use of our farm and we don't?''