MAP – Tompkins

The Marcellus Accountability Project
for Tompkins County

Gas Leasing:

Examples of Deceptive Gas Leasing Practices
From the Chenango County Farm Bureau website.

Glossary of Gas Leasing and Drilling Terms
From the Chenango County Farm Bureau website.

Tioga County Map of Gas Leases
A map produced by the Tioga County Department of Economic Development and Planning.  The map is undated but was likely made in the Spring or Summer of 2009.

Partial Map of Gas Leases in Onondaga County
A map of some of the gas leases in Onondaga County, collected by volunteers from Neighbors of Onondaga Nation in Onondaga County. This is a work in progress.

Tioga County Landowner Coalition for Gas Leasing

List of Gas Companies Working in the Southern Tier
A list of links to company websites compiled by the Tioga Gas Lease, a Tioga County landowner coalition.

List of Companies and Groups Active in the Marcellus Shale
This site is a great resource for information on gas companies active in the Marcellus, as well as many other organizations both in favor of and opposed to gas drilling. Companies and groups are listed for the following categories: companies actively drilling, companies reported leasing land, support companies and organizations, environmental and non-governmental organizations, industry organizations, engineering and environmental consultants, governmental organizations, landholders & landholder groups, universities and research institutes, gas industry publications, consulting organizations, online/social networking resources, and professional organizations. The site also has a little information on companies active in the Trenton/Black River, Utica and Huron gas fields.

Van Etten, NY Resident Describes the Traumas from a Gas Well on her Property
This article, “Farm Family’s Nightmare: ‘Gas Drillers Cut Corners from Day One,’ ” appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of
Sierra Atlantic. Scroll down the first page for the beginning of this beautifully written article. Candace Mingins describes why her family signed a gas lease, their regrets now, and the many ways the gas company violated their written agreements during the drilling of their conventional, horizontally-drilled Trenton/Black River well.

Heartbreaking Stories from Leased Landowners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania (12/10/2009)
"Heartbreaking Stories Warn New Yorkers of What May Be in Store if the State OKs Controversial Gas Drilling," Maura Stephens, AlterNet, 12/10/09.
Maura Stephens talked to landowners with gas leases in West Virginia and Pennsylvania about their experiences with gas drilling. Her summary: "Most of these Pennsylvanians told us they rue the day they signed the gas leases." The comments from these landowners give sad insight into what it is like to live with hydrofracturing: lack of privacy, lack of control over what the gas companies do, incessant noise, and a lack of respect for the land and what is on it.

Leasing Our Lives Away: The Woes Brought on by Gas Leasing in Texas (10/21/10)
"Leasing Our Lives Away." Jerry Lobdill. Fort Worth Weekly. Oct. 21, 2009.
A succinct, readable, and slightly humorous description of all the woes signing a gas lease brings with it. Also discusses some of the ways Fort Worth has aided the gas industry. Written by a retired physicist and mineral rights owner in Fort Worth, Texas.

Video (1 hr. 43 min.): Forum at Cornell:  Legal Issues For Land Owners (2009)
Video (1 hr., 16 min.): Forum at Cornell: Legal Issues For Land Owners, Question & Answer Session (2009)

Video of the "
Legal Issues For Land Owners" forum held 10/29/09 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  The forum included presentations by legal experts Guy Krogh, Randy Markus, Jane Welsh, and Helen Slottje. Topics included general gas lease terminology, pitfalls of leasing, force majeure lease extensions, compulsory integration (the forced legal extraction of gas from under unleased land), and liability issues.

Hydrofracking Threatens Skaneateles Lake: Water Source for more than 200,000 People (12/28/09)
This article in the Syracuse Post Standard describes how the Skaneateles Lake watershed, which supplies water to more than 200,000 people in Syracuse, Elbridge, Jordan, and Skaneateles, is a potential site for high-volume hydrofracking of gas wells. As of early December, oil and gas companies had bought drilling rights on almost 100 parcels of land in the Skaneateles watershed. The lake currently is so clean that Syracuse is one of only seven large cities in the United States that don’t need a water filtration plant. Otisco Lake provides drinking water to about 220,000 Central New Yorkers of Onondaga County. Drillers hold at least 150 leases in the Otisco Lake watershed. They’ve secured dozens more in land in the Cortland-Homer-Preble Sole Source Aquifer system, which supplies most of the drinking water to residents in that area; the region has no alternative water source. Senator Tom Duane, D-Manhattan, and Assemblyman Jim Brennan, D-Brooklyn, have introduced a bill in the state Legislature that would ban gas drilling in watersheds and recharge areas of sole source aquifers. Volunteers from Neighbors of Onondaga Nation in Onondaga County have begun work on a map of gas leases there. To view the map, click here.

NYS Attorney General's Office Advice on Gas Leasing

Sample Response to a "Force Majeure" Letter Received from a Gas Company

Marcellus Shale: Two Local Attorneys and One Landman from Oklahoma take Control of Unleased Land in the Southern Tier of NY (11/21/09)
Marcellus Shale power brokers include two local attorneys, Chris Denton and Scott Kurkoski, representing landowner coalitions that control more than 120,000 acres in central Broome County, NY. A third is a landman from Oklahoma, entrusted with drilling rights to 10,000 acres in Vestal. All are competing for the next mega-deal with energy companies.

State (PA) identifies 32,000 acres of forest for gas drilling (11/10/09)
Nearly 32,000 acres of state forest land in north-central Pennsylvania will be opened up next month to potential natural gas drilling under a plan to generate revenue for state government, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Monday.

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