More public parks in West Virginia are being opened to natural gas drilling.
The Mar ion County Commission approved a lease agreement with Chesapeake Energy on Wednesday that allows the company to drill at the Poor Farm/BMX track and on a hillside by Curtisville Lake.
Commission President Randy Elliott says the county would receive a 17 percent monthly royalty if natural gas is discovered and produced.
The money could be used to expand recreational opportunities at the parks.
Last week, Chesapeake received a lease to drill for natural gas at a Marshall County park.
Wheeling City Council approved a lease agreement last year that allows Chesapeake Appalachia to drill for natural gas in two city parks.