Protesters may have temporarily won the war on fracking in north central Ohio, but they continue to lose battles.
A month after environmental activists prompted the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District to temporarily halt the sale of water to oil and gas drillers, the district's board of directors voted Friday to approve the lease of almost two acres of land and grant right-of-way access to two drilling companies.
Gulfport Energy of Houston was approved for leasing 1.3 acres near Piedmont Lake at a rate of $5,000 per acre, and Enterprise Liquids Pipeline LLC out of Cleveland was granted right-of-way approval to extend drilling pipelines near Clendening Lake.
Gulfport Energy already is withdrawing 11 million gallons of water from Clendening Lake based on an April agreement with the conservancy district. That agreement was made before the sale moratorium.
Activists were disappointed by the board's approvals, saying they opened the gateway for water sales to resume by the end of the year, pending results from the U.S. Geological Survey.Read the rest of the article here.
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