Barnesville, OH Hires Costly Columbus Lawyers in Gulfport Lawsuit

In 2012, Barnesville (Belmont County), OH signed a contract with Gulfport Energy to sell Gulfport water from the Slope Creek Reservoir for 1 penny per gallon. Gulfport now wants to begin drilling in the area, following a joint venture agreement with Antero Resources. But Barnesville says the water level in the reservoir is too low and won’t sell. Gulfport sued and the whole matter has ended up in federal court (see Gulfport Energy Sues Barnesville, OH for Access to Water in Reservoir). As we later pointed out, the cost to Barnesville taxpayers because their political leaders “didn’t think” when they signed on the dotted line will now be very expensive (see Barnesville Officials “Didn’t Think” When Signing Gulfport Water Deal). Barnesville has just hired a high priced law firm from Columbus to represent them in court. How will Barnesville pay the new high priced lawyers? From money the town received from (yes) selling water from the reservoir to someone else…

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