20,000 acres in the heart of the Utica shale fairway unleased? Guernsey County,Ohio. Salt Fork state Park.. Someone needs to get to the bottom of this. Why isn't it leased? If it is ,Why doesn't the public know? If it isn't,why not? Politics? Legal problems? Everyone cant be in the dark. Someone knows the answers, maybe a Gag order? Big Secret?
It may be leased, but by whom? where did the $$$go? Like I've read on here; "follow the money".
The last I had heard is that the Governor had asked for a hold on the leasing of state land. If I remember correctly he was going to or has appointed a committee to review lease options. I'm not saying this out of certainty so don't attack me.
Anyone else know anything?
The point was to assure that the state received the best offer for state owned minerals.
Not sure where that all stands, but I wouldn't be surprised if the decision is being put off until after the election in November. Can you imagine the storm of protest the leasing of state land (like a park) would stir up.
They could lease it for at least $90 million. and. 20 % royalties. Never have to have a truck or a rig,or a pipeline on the park grounds. Who could be against that? They need the $$$. Not leasing it would have a more negative effect, Maybe even hurt his re-election bid. IMHO.
One thing is for sure, electing the Governor's opponent would definitely mean no leasing of government land, he is raising money from the anti-shale crowd. I'll roll the dice with our current Governor.
It is probably to large to be force pooled in its entirety but probably many acres around the edges will forced to join units.
It may be too far west...I've heard the line is somewhere right around Winterset and heads NE...
That "line" , may be there ,BECAUSE of the state park.
Thx for your input,Kathi. Looks like you have lots to gain, or lose, when and if the park gets leased for its oil & gas. Sounds like you are staying on top of things. I presently have come to side with Barry, that our Gubner may be waiting till after the election. For many reasons. Anti fracs & technology & maybe better lease terms once the nearby wells are put into production with hopefully, better than expected results!