Appalachia NARO Calls for Drilling in Wayne Natl Forest – NOW

NARO AppalachiaYesterday we reported that a group of Ohio landowners calling themselves LEASE (Landowners for Energy Access and Safe Exploration) are encouraging Ohio residents to write in support of drilling in the Wayne National Forest (see OH Landowners Urge BLM to Proceed with Wayne Natl Forest Drilling). The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been holding up drilling in WNF, even though some 60% of the mineral rights for the land in the forest is privately owned. Another landowner group has stepped up to add their voice–and to push back a little harder than LEASE has. The Appalachia chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) is calling on the BLM to allow drilling–now. NARO points out most of the mineral rights are privately owned–not controlled by the government. For the government to stop development of private land is an offense…

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