Statoil Cuts Deal to Drill Under 474 Acres of the Ohio River in WV

VikingsThe Vikings are Coming! Er, well, at least the Norwegians are. And they’re not coming to conquer but to drill–underneath the Ohio River in West Virginia on the border of Marshall and Wetzel counties. The West Virginia Department of Commerce has cut a deal with Norway-based Statoil which allows the company to drill and frack for oil and natural gas on 474 acres thousands of feet beneath the Ohio River. What are the lease terms? An average price of $8,732 per acre with 20 percent production royalties. That translates into a signing bonus of $4.14 million. And that’s not all. WV is near to signing a deal with Noble Energy and Gastar Exploration on two other Ohio River tracts that will provide lease bonuses of $4.9 million and $749,000 (respectively) along with 20% royalties…

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