The Muskingum Conservancy Watyershed District on Friday signed its third lease with a natural gas-drilling company.
The deal with Texas-based Sierra Buckeye covers 185 acres near Dover Dam in northern Tuscarawas County.
The district will get a signing bonus of $4,500 an acre or about $832,500, plus a 20 percent royalty on oil, natural gas or other materials produced by wells.
The district does not own the land but does own the mineral rights on the 185 acres.
The owners of the surface rights already have a deal in place with the company.
In April, the district approved a lease on 3,700 acres at Leesville Lake in Harrison County for $21.5 million.
Last year, the district signed a lease worth $15.6 million on 6,400 acres at Clendening Reservoir in Harrison County.
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