Belmont County, OH Waiting for $3M Lease Check from Rice Energy

In early October MDN told you Rice Energy had cut a deal with Belmont County to pay the county a $7,500 per acre signing bonus, more than the $5,900 per acre it promised to private landowners in the area (see Rice Pays Belmont County Higher Signing Bonus than Landowners). The lower per acre no doubt rankled some landowners–but many of them already have their money. So far, the county does not.

When will Belmont County get its $3 million check from Rice Energy? Because they really need it…

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