Gastar Exploration plans to drill for natural gas on 1,400 acres at Bayer Corp.'s plant site in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.
Houston-based Gastar is leasing the property near New Martinsville from Bayer. Bayer expects to earn $30 million from the deal over the next 30 years.
Gastar vice president Michael McCown tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register ( http://bit.ly/yv1VX5) that the lease will give the company a large block of acreage to develop in the Marcellus shale field.
Gastar signed a drilling contract with PPG Industries last year to drill on about 3,300 acres north of Bayer's plant.