Federal agency plans oil and gas lease sale for Wayne National Forest

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Eastern States has announced it is preparing for an online oil and natural gas lease sale in southeast Ohio’s Wayne National Forest on March 23, 2017, according to the Athens Messenger. The newspaper says the sale will include 21 parcels totaling 1,186 acres in Monroe County. In December 2016, the bureau conducted a lease auction in which four bidders -- Eclipse Resources, Flat Rock Logistics, Gulfport Energy and Petrogas Co. – agreed to pay about $1.7 million to lease portions of the Wayne National Forest. For more, read the full story.