Village in Belmont County Signs Lease with Gulfport: $7250/Acre

Bellaire is a small village in Belmont County, OH, near the border with West Virginia. Although Bellaire is small (population 4,300), as the old saying goes, location is everything. It just so happens Bellaire sits atop wet gas Utica Shale deposits and drillers in the area want to lease. So Bellaire officials last week signed a contract with Gulfport Energy for a “piddly” 66 acres of village-owned land scattered throughout the town. Just like another deal recently signed by Gulfport with the Shadyside Local School District, Bellaire is getting $7,250 per acre signing bonus and 20% royalties (see School in Belmont County, OH Gets $7,250/Acre from Gulfport).

The taxpayers of Bellaire will appreciate a $478,500 bonus check coming their way for the village coffers…

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