Bob Downing

A Colorado-based energy company is paying bonuses of $5,900 an acre on leases in Ohio's Noble, Morgan and Washington counties.

The company is Antero Resources, a firm based in Denver.

The deal was negotiated on 20,000 acre in Noble County by a landowners' group, the Marietta Times reported today.

The $5,900 per acre is one of the highest lease bonuses reportedly paid in Ohio to landowners by energy companies interested in developing the Utica shale.

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