Condemn Oil Company for Misleading Amish Farmers


Target: Steve Fleisher, Vice President of Kenoil Inc.

Goal: Return land to Amish farmers that was bought immorally by an oil company

Recently, Lloyd Miller, an Amish farmer, was visited by a representative of Kenoil, Inc., an oil company based out of Ohio. As Lloyd Miller and his wife had a few children and were paying off loans they took out to buy a small farm, the prospect of selling land for a five-year lease to an oil company sounded very appealing. Kenoil offered them ten dollars an acre, telling them that land in the area wasn’t going for much. Miller signed, excited at the prospect of receiving roughly fifteen hundred dollars.

Yet the problem lies in the misrepresentation of facts by the Kenoil representative. Neighboring properties had been selling acres for much, much more than that: after some calculations, the family was scammed out of nearly $80,000, which is a modest estimate on Miller’s part. Yet there will be no repercussions for Kenoil, as the Amish do not sue. Amish citizens avoid the court system. A lawyer for a well-known oil company stated that the Amish’s refusal to use the court system was a “a known fact to us,” which informs us that this was an informed act of fraud rather than poor judgement.

Unfortunately, Miller refuses to sue, and his family will lose their land for ten dollars an acre for five years. Sign this petition to urge the Vice President of Kenoil inc. to return the land to the Miller family and negate the contract.


Dear Steve Fleisher,

Recently, your company sent a representative to visit the Millers, an Amish family in Ohio with valuable land. Your representative misinformed the family, stating that ten dollars an acre was a generous amount for land in that area, when adjacent properties were receiving much more. Your company is aware of the fact that Amish citizens do not sue, and you used this to exploit the Miller family.

Their land was much more valuable than your agent had specified. After visiting neighboring properties, Miller estimated that his family should have received approximately $80,000 more than your agent offered. Most would consider this fraud, yet your company faces no repercussion do to exploitation. To save the face of your company, I urge you to void the contract with the Miller family, or provide them with proper compensation.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. J Davidson says:

    Big oil trumps all, and time to get off of it.

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