BLM Raises $944K from 4th Ohio Wayne Natl Forest Auction

Another 350 acres of mineral rights were just auctioned off yesterday by the Bureau of Land Management in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF)–for a total of $944,000 raised. What’s that? You haven’t heard or read that news in ANY local or national news outlet? Welcome to the Big Government/Media complex where something isn’t “news” unless Big Lib media says it’s news. And yet, this most recent auction is, for landowners who have mineral rights in WNF and drillers who drill there, really big news. WNF is a “patchwork” of public land scattered among private land. Some 60% of the mineral rights below WNF are privately owned. Those mineral rights owners were denied the use of their property rights for more than a decade–until the BLM finally began auctions of government mineral rights in BLM last year (see BLM Launches Auction to Lease Wayne National Forest for Fracking). The government portions of the patchwork are needed to combine with the private portions in order to form drilling units large enough to drill on/under. All of yesterday’s auctioned rights, similar to previous auctions, is located in Monroe County, OH–one of the sweetest of the sweet spots for drilling in the Utica Shale. Antis continue to oppose these auctions, launching lawsuits, showing up at various public events, etc. Whatever. The good news, news you don’t read in mainstream outlets, is that WNF lease auctions continue…

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