Oil, gas meetings scheduled throughout area

Gulfport Energy, Antero Resources, Rice Energy, American Energy Partners, Hess Corp., XTO Energy and other Utica and Marcellus shale drillers continue fracking their way through Eastern Ohio.

Now, those who may be interested in leasing mineral rights for exploration or in doing business with drillers can gain information by attending a pair of meetings set for Belmont and Harrison counties.

The Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Association will host its general membership meeting March 18 at Belmont College’s Horizon Hall in St. Clairsville. The meeting is only open to members or their guests.

Kirk Trosclair serves as senior vice president of Alpha Hunter Drilling, a subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources. He also is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for GreenHunter Water, the company looking to build a natural gas frack water recycling plant in the Warwood section of Wheeling. His background includes drilling and exploration, engineering design, oilfield fluid terminal operations, logistics management, construction and business development.

“We are honored to have Mr. Trosclair to share his expertise and awareness of the growing oil and gas industry in our area,” OVOGA President Matt Steele said. “We want to provide our members with current information on how their businesses can benefit and be more involved, as well as the potential outlook of one of the fastest growing industries in our area.”

For information on the Ohio Valley association, call (740) 232-9219.

In Harrison County, community leaders will hold a meeting to discuss landowner issues at at 7 p.m. on March 17 at the Scio Methodist Church, 117 Maple St., Scio.

“Landowners in the area understand that their responsibility to monitor oil and gas production goes beyond lease agreements,” said Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director for Energy Services. “Many are looking at resources that can help them understand how royalty payments and charges are determined.”

“There are still a lot of things that can dramatically impact a landowner in his pocketbook,” said Michele Specht, one of the event’s organizers. “Many of us need to get a landowner-friendly report on royalty payments and deductions on a monthly basis. Some of us need to better understand how to balance the benefits of domestic well ownership with risk management, too.”