At the Monday, March 10 meeting of Barnesville Village Council, members received a breakdown of payments for well pads on village property form Kirt Sloan, landman for Antero Resources.  For two pads at Slope Creek, one 23.4 acres of disturbance breaks down to $20,000 for the first five acres, plus 18.5 acres at $6,000 per acre, totalling $111,000. In addition, the timber value at that site will net the village $10,000 for a total of $141,000.
The second Slope Creek pad (Snead) is 12 acres of disturbance at $20,000 for the first five acres, plus seven acres at $6,000 per acre for a total of $62,000. The timber value there is also $5,000 for a total site price of $67,000.
The third pad, Poultney, located near Barnesville Hospital, is nine acres of disturbance with the same $20,000 per acre rate for five acres, plus four acres at $6,000 and a timber value of $10,000 for a total of $54,000. Each surface use agreement also has a $2,500 signature payment. Final payment on the balance will be made prior to construction beginning at each location.
Sloan said sound barriers will be put up as drilling begins and the Poultney pad will also have an eight-foot chain link fence around it because it is located at the park near the lake. Sloan said traffic for that location will also be directed on old coal roads and there will be no through-town traffic.
He said guards will also be stationed at the pads when production begins. Sloan said access to Slope Creek Reservoir will not be restricted and the roads in that area will be upgraded by Antero.
Sloan said the company hopes to be producing from those wells for at least 20 years.
Village Solicitor Marlin Harper asked council to hold off on signing the agreement with Antero until he made a few changes to the contract.
Marlin said he would provide the final contract for council approval at the March 24th meeting.
Slope Creek area resident Jill Hunkler addressed council about a proposed facility for Energreen 360 LLC  to operate a treatment facility located at the East Ohio Regional Industrial Park on State Route 800 north of Barnesville. Hunkler presented council with the same information she gave those attending a March 3 Community Development Council meeting.
Also at the meeting was John Morgan of Raven Rocks in Beallsville. Morgan said he agreed to file for an appeal to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources permit to Energreen on behalf of the Fresh Water Accountability Project because, “I feel it was rushed into with very little time, research or public awareness.”
On Thursday, Hunkler created a Facebook group, “Concerned Barnesville Residents” asking for  concerned Barnesville residents to be plaintiffs in the case to revoke the permits for Energreen because the appeal made by the Fresh Water Accountability Project has been ordered to be dismissed based on the fact that the existing plaintiffs (John Morgan and Lea Harper) do not reside in Barnesville. Hunkler, her father, and a sister are joining the appeal.
Hunkler also created an online petition asking Governor Kasich and ODNR Chief Zehringer to revoke the permit for  the site:
Hunkler said as of the Monday meeting, she had 100 signatures. She also asked those who signed the petition to leave comments. She read some of those comments, many from Barnesville residents, to council.
“I feel those in power are only getting their information from government agencies,” Hunkler said. “We can’t allow this in our community. We should come together and block this in our whole state.”
She continued, “We have to think about the impact on the water.” She talked about the noise from the well pads near her home.
Bill Knox, who represents council on the Belmont County Port Authority Board, said the board had only met with Energreen twice in two months and he feels the board should “not move forward before all the facts are on the table.” He said that should be done in a “fair and open meeting with all the facts and input.” “Nothing will move forward until we have all the facts.”
Knox said he had not seen a copy of the ODNR permit to Energreen until Hunkler gave it to him at the March 3rd meeting.
“Jill, this is the same community I live in, too,” Knox said. “I think we all want the same thing.”
Knox said Barnesville village officials are open and honest, and he had been working with them since 1992.
“There is no reason to believe that we are trying to make a decision without informing the public,” he said. “Communities make good decisions with openness, transparency and truthfulness.”
Knox concluded that although he represented Barnesville on the board, it was a Port Authority issue.