Summit County: 'Fishing' for mineral rights with cash

8:44 PM, Mar 15, 2012   |    comments
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On this week's "Outdoors with Big Daddy," WKYC Photojournalist Carl Bachtel shows us how a type of "fishing" is affecting one local town.

Land agents are fishing for mineral rights leases and the lure they're using is cold, hard cash. It could bring the fracking boom right to the edge of Ohio's only national park.

Here's the story.

Welcome to Peninsula,  a quiet, historic village right in the middle of the Cuyahoga Valley Natiional Park. Property owners here and in other communities around the park have something in common -- offers to lease their mineral rights.

Dee Holody is on the Peninsula Village Council She has constituents who have been contacted by oil and gas leasing agents.

Her advice?

Educate yourself before you sign.

Shale development leaves a very different footprint than typical oil and gas wells that we see along the countryside.  Some conventional wells already exist in the CVNP but they have no plans to lease federally owned mineral rights for fracking.

Landowners outside the park have the choice though. Some are all for it. Others are not.

Holody hopes property owners look at the full impact of shale drilling ontheir community and asks people to remember that they have all the power before you sign your lease but after you sign your lease, they have the power so you have to be careful.

If you want to learn about "When shale drilling comes to town," there's a free, public meeting being held at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 21 at the Boston Township Hall, 1775 Main Street in Peninsula. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

You can contact Holody via email at


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