Columbiana County, OH Landowner Group Looks to Expand, Accepting New Members

A landowner group in Columbiana County, OH is looking to form a second group with new members interested in leasing their land in the Marcellus Shale. An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3rd:

A meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School for people interested in learning about an organization that aims to band landowners together to work with shale gas leasing companies.

The Associated Landowners of the Ohio Valley, a group based out of Columbiana County, was started several months ago after farm owner Bob Rea, of Salem Township, near Salem, and his neighbors started talking about offers they were hearing for oil and gas drilling rights.

The [original] organization grew from a meeting of about 18 people in his immediate neighborhood to the point where there are 30,000 acres of land signed on with the organization and its lease.

[Rea] said the 30,000 acres will be one group, but the organization is looking to accommodate a second group that could form as a result of calls his organization has been receiving.

*The Herald-Star (Jan 30) – Finding strength in numbers