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Stark County shatters record for oils and gas leases
Recorder's office earns $31,572 in one day from filing fees on 1,046 leases

Anna Staver

The Stark County recorder’s office collected as much money yesterday (Tuesday) as it usually makes in a year. That’s because Chesapeake Energy dropped off a box with the paperwork for 1,046 oil and gas drilling leases.

County Recorder Rick Campell says the Oklahoma-based energy company caught his office off-guard. It took his entire staff about five and a half hours to scan and file the nearly three thousand pages.

But he said it’s work and money they county is happy to have.

Campell talks about what the money may also mean for the state

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“Oh yeah, it’s real nice and we share that with the state. So that’s going to be more revenue for the state and more revenue for the county. From what I understand this is going to go on for the next two to five years, and this is what we are told to expect.”

The county collected $31,572 in recording fees yesterday (Tuesday).

Campell says the number of oil and gas leases filed in Stark County has nearly tripled from last year, when the surge in shale drilling first began.

Chesapeake Energy owns about three quarters of the leases filed in the county this year. The company refused comment about why it filed so many in one day.

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