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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 11:30 pm | Updated: 4:56 pm, Tue Oct 1, 2013.

Virginia’s state inspector general is still investigating whether an attorney general staffer wrongfully advised energy company lawyers in an ongoing federal court battle with regional landowners seeking natural gas royalties.

It could take months to wrap up the investigation, initially called for by a state legislator in June after a federal magistrate judge voiced shock over emails between the staffer and lawyers for Pittsburgh-based CONSOL Energy and EQT Production.

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