As the shale-gas boom engulfs Ohio, landowners are negotiating much higher oil and gas leases. Pennsylvania-based Eclipse Resources recently paid an astounding $16 million — $4,000 per acre plus 19 percent royalties — to some 70 landowners in the Upper Ohio River Valley. Additionally, landowners have been able to take the uncommon step of securing water and land protection safeguards from companies eager to drill.
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