The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District has received a strange Utica shale leasing donation.
Jeff and Kathleen Paravano who own 35 acres at Tappan Lake in Harrison County have offered the district a 20 percent interest in their mineral rights.
The district accepted the offer.
The donation is being made with the expectation that the district will, in good faith, attempt to include the Paravano property in any lease negotiations with drillers for adjacent MWCD property.
The request was prompted by an appreciation of the district's ability to negotiate an environmentally friendly leases.
The district has not leased any of its lands at Tappan.
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