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Meeting at Covelli Centre gives landowners information related to the Shale Boom

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - People packed the Covelli Centre Monday night, but there was no concert or hockey game going on.

The Associated Landowners of the Ohio Valley, or ALOV, met to finalize issues related to getting their bonus checks for leasing their mineral rights.

Residents new to the process were also informed on what issues to consider before allowing a company to drill on their land, and what to be aware of.

Robert Rea, who started the non-profit, says people now need to be aware of a new tax that could be placed on any money they make off their mineral rights.

We're not opposed to a severance tax as long as it's equated to brining back dollars to the area where the infrastructure is needed to be maintained we're running thousands of trucks where there were dozens before," Rea said. "We're also not opposed to keeping ODNR fully funded."

But Rea says the proposed tax should not be used to offset the income tax for someone else in the state.

ALOV represents 7,000 people in 10 Ohio counties.

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