Push for leases under way in Mercer County

March 8, 2013

Even as oil and gas companies operating across Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation have curbed some drilling in the East and shifted their focus to wet gas reserves in the Southwest, the market for mineral leases in Mercer County is strong, say county officials and industry experts.

Despite a slight slowdown as drillers wait for pipeline expansions, more market development and a rise in wholesale prices, nearly 600 oil and gas leases were filed with the Mercer County Recorder’s office in January alone.

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