23 Sep '11, 5pm

Remorse Breeds Rebellion Against Fracking: Some New York State landowners who signed leases allowing drilling on...

Remorse Breeds Rebellion Against Fracking: Some New York State landowners who signed leases allowing drilling on...

Guy Solimano for The New York Times Joseph Heath, a lawyer, advises people in Lafayette, N.Y., on how to get out of leases allowing gas companies to drill on their property. Some feel guilty that they signed. As I report in Friday’s Times , many landowners who leased their lands for natural gas drilling in upstate New York are now having second thoughts. Millions of acres are under lease by companies eager to exploit the Marcellus Shale, and tens of thousands of landowners have signed leases, although neither the gas industry’s trade association nor state regulators have precise figures. The environmental group Citizens Campaign for the Environment set out to keep track. In a report issued in July, it said it succeeded in identifying 20,000 leases in eight counties in the Finger Lakes region covering 602,000 acres; that amounts to roughly 30 percent of the counties’ land. ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/23/remorse-breeds-...

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