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District approves water sale at Clendening Reservoir

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2012

The Muskingum Conservancy Watershed District’s governing board today unanimously approved the sale of water from Clendening Reservoir in eastern Ohio to a drilling company for hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Gulfport Energy Corp., an Oklahoma-based energy firm, can start taking water from the reservoir on Monday under a temporary water agreement.

The firm wants to take up to 11 million gallons of water from the lake for its nearby well in Harrison County.

It will pay $9 per 1,000 gallons or about $99,000, officials said after the meeting in New Philadelphia.

Gulfport said it intends to build a temporary water pipeline to reduce heavy truck traffic that would otherwise be needed.

Clendening Reservoir typically holds about 8.6 billion gallons of water.

The Clendening sale marks one of the first sale of water from Ohio’s public inland lakes to drillers in search of water for fracking.

The water agreement with Gulfport marks the first contract approved by the 18-county district to provide water to a drilling company.

The district has had inquiries from a dozen drilling companies about selling water from six of its reservoirs in eastern Ohio to drillers.

The drillers are most interested Clendening, Atwood Lake in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, Leesville in Carroll County, Piedmont Lake in Belmont County, Senecaville Lake in Noble and Guernsey counties and Tappan Lake in Harrison County.

The district’s 18-judge panel, known as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Court, is expected to deal on June 2 with a selling price for water that could allow additional water deals to advance.

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the No. 1 oil-gas player in eastern Ohio, is buying water from the city of Steubenville. It has also purchased water from other communities and from landowners with wells being drilled. Some drilling companies have legally tapped water from small streams in eastern Ohio.

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