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Paying Millions In East Ohio

More than 1,000 leases signed with property owners

April 26, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Rice Energy has injected more than $100 million into the Belmont County economy since November by signing more than 1,000 leases with mineral owners....

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Apr-27-13 6:43 AM

uncommon and ugly your right .. that 10 dollar fee stinks. About like the states puco having all residential electric users paying for Ormets power useage.. It's the same thing. Our Govt. big and small merging with big business to stick it to us pe ons..

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Apr-27-13 6:32 AM

some of the posts sounds like sour lease money eh? well, me neither, but glad for most who are getting it. many are spending some of that $$ here in the valley on their farms fixing them up after being run down for yrs. As for me, I get some work at times from people that have sold their minerals. I never have had any work from a poor person.

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Apr-27-13 12:46 AM

I know one thing for sure. Election time is coming and if the Belmont County Commissioners charge the residents for this heavy truck damage to our roads and bridges instead of the corporations that are making millions and billions then they will be going out the door. VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!! They knew when these companies were coming here. Make the trucks carry a county inspection sticker even if they are from out of state operating here. Charge them for that sticker to repair the bridges. If they caught off of the interstate with out one big fine.

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Apr-26-13 6:06 PM

So with hundreds of millions being made by these companies, the Belmont county commisioners want to charge the RESIDENTS an additional $10 dollars per vehicle to pay for road repairs!!!!

They should ALL be tarred and feathered!!!!

My vehicle does ZERO damage to roads and bridges while they let 220,000 pound super trucks to roll over local roads!!!!

Guess Belmont county residents will need to obtain Texas and Oklahoma plates!!!!!

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Apr-26-13 9:58 AM


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Apr-26-13 9:57 AM

no drug problem in california.or anywhere else.west virginia has what texas people in this country can buy what they did some of these people get rich?why is there no money in west virginia?we have rich politicians that aren't worth two cents is why.we are a give away state.there are crooks,thieves,druggies and prostitution in every corner of this country.if you can't deal with it maybe move where there is none.this state has been raped by the rich forever.part of life here but the tuff will you can't make a living here then you leave.

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Apr-26-13 8:05 AM

Plastics can be made anywhere as the materials are easy to transport.

With the low skill drug-addicted labor force in the OV, likely the raw materials will be transported to higher tech areas of the country as has been done for 100 years with "Death Valley".

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Apr-26-13 7:45 AM

what is going under the radar right now is plastic manufacturing is giving the OV a real hard look. Ford has been mentioned as a possible manufacturer looking to build auto interiors here. If we don't poison our water tables manufacturing is coming...

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Apr-26-13 6:28 AM

If this is as GOOD as it GETS, it still looks nothing like the good old days of Coal and Steel.

Both were labor intensive industries. Gas benefits a relatively small handful of large landowners and trickle down to food and lodging industries.

Everybody else is ****ked by trucks and road damage.

Seems to delay the death sentence on "Death Valley" for about 20 years.

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Apr-26-13 6:25 AM

Keep reading this but honestly I am the OV about 4-5 times a year and I don't SEE any significant change. Yeah, more commercial buildings in StC.

Whee-ling looks more like Bangladesh than ever. And the entire valley for the most part still is dying, hence my moniker "Death Valley" east.

People who make the big coin I suspect just pack up and go to FL, NC, or some other NICER state.

Since WV is ranked 51st of the 50 states in everything and OH is not much better, why NOT take the money and run??

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Apr-26-13 3:40 AM

Get them to fix the roads!!!

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