Belmont County in eastern Ohio has signed a natural gas lease that will pay a signing bonus of $7,500 an acre.
That agreement with Pennsylvania-based Rice Drilling D LLC is one of the top reported lease agreements in eastern Ohio.
The lease covers 406.44 acres owned by the county.
The county will also get 20 percent royalty payments.
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