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District approves transfer of mineral rights to McClendon firm

By Bob Downing Published: October 21, 2013

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District  approved a partial assignment of deep mineral rights under three leases at Clendening Reservoir in Harrison County to America Energy-Utica, the new company formed by Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy.

The transfer is further evidence that McClendon is actively pursuing Ohio's Utica shale.

The firm reportedly has lined up $1.7 billion in financial backing.

The partial re-assignment was requested by EnerVest Energy, which had owned the rights and in transferring them to McClendon'sOklahoma-based firm.

The three leases together cover 132.96 acres and hold two producing wells.

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