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Stark County's Meyers Lake under lease

By Bob Downing Published: March 13, 2012

A non-profit group that oversees Meyers Lake in Stark County has leased the 144-acre lake to Chesapeake Energy Corp.

The lease is not new and was finalized about eight months ago, said John Wirtz, president and trustee of the Meyers Lake Preserve Inc.

He declined to say how much the Oklahoma-based energy giant paid to his non-profit group. "That's our concern, not the public's," Wirtz said.

There will be no drilling on the lake, but Chesapeake could drill horizontally 6,000 feet under the lake from another site to tap into Ohio's Utica shale, he said.

Chesapeake has not indicated what its plans might be for the leased land under the lake, he said.

His group did its homework and is confident that the drilling can be done without causing problems, he said. "We have no concerns at all," he said.

The preserve will use the money from the gas lease to help improve water quality on Meyers Lake by cleaning runoff water, Wirtz said.

His group owns just the land under the lake; it has no surface land holdings, he said.

His group purchased the lake in 1994 from the descendants of amusement park owner-operator George C. Sinclair.

Meyers Lake was home to a popular amusement that closed in 1974. The dance hall burned to the ground in 1979.

Most of the lake lies within the village of Meyers Lake with about 570 residents. It is surrounded by Plain and Canton townships.




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