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W.Va. to Open Bids on Wildlife Land Fracking

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA


West Virginia officials are unveiling offers to frack under wildlife conservation land in Tyler County.

On Friday in Charleston, the state Department of Commerce will publicly open bids for oil and natural gas rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area.

The bid deadline on the 518 acres was Thursday. A 20-percent royalty on what’s extracted is required.

It’s the second major state land West Virginia has opened for fracking. The state took bids for 22 miles under the Ohio River in northern West Virginia, including six miles under contract negotiations. Another 11 miles are out for bid.

Other properties being considered are 131 acres under Fish Creek in Marshall County; Jug Wildlife Management Area in Tyler County; 24 acres in Doddridge County; and seven more miles under the Ohio River.