From the Times-Reporter

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board of Directors has approved entering into an oil and gas lease in the Utica Shale region for more than 6,000 acres of its property at Seneca Lake in Guernsey and Noble counties that will prohibit any surface development on MWCD property and add protections to adjacent private properties.

“For nearly 80 years, the MWCD has been involved in leasing its properties for oil and gas development and has been a recognized leader in providing for environmental protections through its strong leases,” said Sean D. Logan, MWCD’s chief of conservation. “With the attention that the Utica Shale has produced here in Eastern Ohio, the MWCD demanded that any leasing of the Seneca Lake region include the strongest safeguards possible and be completed in full view of the public.”

The lease agreement between the MWCD and Antero Resources of Colorado was reached after several months of negotiations and a copy, has been available on the MWCD’s website ( since mid-January and was approved by Board members during a meeting today at New Philadelphia.

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