Columbiana County sees a surge in mineral rights leases being filed:
The number of mineral rights leases being obtained has exploded over the past three months, a sure sign the Marcellus Shale boom has come to Columbiana County. Approximately 208 mineral rights leases have been recorded at the county recorder’s office between May 1 and July 31, compared to just 18 over the previous three-month period. Employees say all but a handful of the leases are being filed by agents, or landmen, representing companies interested in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.
“In a way, it’s like that gold-rush mentality,” said county Recorder Craig Brown of the skyrocketing activity in his office. Marcellus Shale is the name for the large underground formation stretching from western and central New York though Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio into West Virginia. Columbiana County is among the 10 Ohio counties within the Marcellus Shale.