Gulfport Energy's natural gas production for the first three months of this year more than doubled the output for the same time in 2014, but company officials believe they could lose millions of dollars if they cannot draw a specific amount of water from the Slope Creek Reservoir.
Filed March 5 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Gulfport's lawsuit claims the Oklahoma City-based firm should be allowed to take water from this reservoir, located about 5 miles south of the village, unless the "health and safety of area residents and businesses are impaired."
"Barnesville has frustrated Gulfport's right to develop minerals under the mineral rights agreement by refusing to provide Gulfport with water in violation of Gulfport's water rights," the driller's attorney, O. Judson Scheaf, states in his complaint.
However, Barnesville Village Solicitor Marlin Harper said the contract to sell Gulfport water made no precise supply agreements with the company to provide a certain amount of water at any specific time. Instead, it is merely a deal to sell water to the fracker when there is plentiful supply, he contends.Click here to read more.
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