Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District votes to lease land, grant right-of-way to oil and gas companies

After protests led the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District to institute a temporary moratorium on the sale of water for hydraulic fracturing in June, the district’s board voted last week to “approve the lease of almost two acres of land and grant right-of-way access to two drilling companies,” the Mansfield News Journal reports (See the Jun 08, 2012, blog – “Muskingum Watershed District halts sale of water to oil and gas drillers”). Houston-based Gulfport Energy, which is already withdrawing 11 million gallons of water from Clendening Lake, “was approved for leasing 1.3 acres near Piedmont Lake at a rate of $5,000 per acre,” and Cleveland-based Enterprise Liquids Pipeline LLC was “granted right-of-way approval to extend drilling pipelines near Clendening Lake,” the article said.