The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District on Friday approved a new water sale from Seneca Lake to a Utica shale driller.
The agency’s governing board, meeting at Atwood Lake, approved a water deal for August through October with Colorado-based Antero Resources.
The board agreed to reduce the maximum per-day amount of water being sold from 2 million to 1.5 million gallons because of drier conditions in those months.
The company will pay $6 per 1,000 gallons.
The maximum volume of water that the company can take is 138 million gallons, officials said.
Last April, the district agreed to provide up to 184 million gallons of water from Seneca Lake in Guernsey and Noble counties in a separate deal with Antero Resources, despite protests from a local grass-roots group, Southeast Ohio Alliance to Save Our Water.
The company holds about 20 Utica shale permits near Seneca Lake.
The company has plans for creating a private water system costing as much as $60 million to provide water to its hydraulic fracturing or fracking operations in Ohio’s Utica shale. That plan includes about 10 water-storage facilities connected by pipelines.
Last February, the district approved a $40.3 million natural gas lease with Antero for 6,500 acres at Seneca Lake.
The district will be paid a leasing bonus of $6,200 per acre plus a royalty of 20 percent on natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids from Antero wells under district-owned land.
Earlier, the district had approved two other natural gas leases: in 2011 with Gulfport Energy at Clendening Lake and in 2012 with Chesapeake Energy Corp. for land at Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
Gulfport paid the district a $15.6 million lease bonus on 2,800 acres and royalties on natural gas produced. Chesapeake paid the district $21.5 million in lease bonuses on 3,700 acres plus royalties.
To date, the district has approved six water deals from three lakes: Clendening in Harrison and Tuscarawas counties, Piedmont in Harrison and Belmont counties and Seneca.
The district provided Ohio drillers with 15 million gallons of water in 2012 and was paid $135,800. In 2013, the district sold 20.1 million gallons of water to drillers and was paid $161,200.
Stretching from Akron to the Ohio River, the district covers 14 reservoirs and dams in 18 counties along the Muskingum and Tuscarawas rivers.
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