A federal agency says it will make more land available at auction for oil-and-gas drilling leases next month in southeast Ohio's Wayne National Forest.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2jnBjyx ) the Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an online auction for nearly 1,200 acres on March 23. The agency netted $1.7 million in an auction of more than 700 acres in December.
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The land in the upcoming sale was removed from the December auction because of ownership questions. Wayne National Forest is a mix of public and privately owned land.
Environmentalists say they'll continue their fight to stop drilling in the forest.
The leases don't automatically allow companies to drill. They provide a 10-year window to apply for permits to explore for gas and oil.