BLM Leasing Another 1,186 Acres in Wayne Natl Forest on March 23

In December the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proceeded with an online auction for BLM-controlled land in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (see BLM Auction Leases 17 Parcels, 719 Acres in OH Wayne Natl Forest). The BLM plan was to auction 33 parcels totaling 1,600 acres. As it turns out, only 17 parcels totaling 719 acres actually got auctioned. At the last minute the BLM withdrew 881 acres (16 parcels) because there are remaining issues with ownership title of the mineral rights. It appears the title issues are now cleared up, plus some. The BLM announced last week they have another 1,186 acres in WNF that will go up for auction on March 23. Good news indeed! All of the new acreage is located in the prolific Monroe County, OH–meaning drillers can finally unlock some of the potential that has been denied to them because of the patchwork of BLM-controlled land that exists in between privately-owned land. Now drillers can form more units and get back to work…

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