This guide is a source of information for you: a landowner in Ohio who is considering signing a lease with a natural gas company (“Company”) for the extraction of natural gas from your land by a process commonly referred to as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Fracking is the process of drilling and extracting natural gas from layers of underground shale by injecting a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals to create horizontal and vertical fractures beneath the surface of the earth. This process allows otherwise unreachable gas to be extracted. You may want to sign a lease for a financial opportunity—but it’s important to realize that fracking is an industrial process that can have a big impact on your property and family. It’s very important to make sure that proper protections are included in any lease that you do sign.
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