Companies bid $5.2 million for drilling leases in Wayne National Forest

Oil and natural gas companies recently entered bids totaling $5.2 million for leases to explore and drill for oil and gas on 1,180 acres in the Wayne National Forest in southeast Ohio, reports the Athens News. The newspaper says the bids, all for lands in Monroe County, were submitted during an online auction conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. A similar auction was held in December 2016, and another one is set for June 22, 2017. For more, read the full story.