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Craig attorney Tom Thornberry, left, and Peter Gabel, right, browse information Wednesday inside the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s office. The office has been consistently busy with landmen reviewing records stemming from oil drilling interest in the area since October 2010. Since then, the average price of mineral leases has gone up and more local ranchers are leasing their land.

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Mineral leases, prices rising in Moffat County

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said her office fills up “like a swarm of bees” in the afternoon. It has consistently for the last six months, she said. The activity comes from the 15 to 30 landmen flooding the office each day in hopes of locating and contacting mineral owners so oil companies can negotiate mineral leases.

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