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Parks open to gas drilling



FAIRMONT, W.Va.

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.


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