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Agriculture and Landowner Information

Farmers and other rural landowners need to have information on the environmental and economic implications of leasing their land for natural gas development. 

This page provides resources that may provide information that will help all landowners make the best decisions for their land. 



Local Land Owner Coalitions  - list of land owner coalitions in New York State with links to their websites.

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Financial Considerations

Wise Gas Leasing Practices for Farmers - key points that should be considered prior to signing gas leasing contracts.
Brett Chedzoy, Sr. Resource Educator, CCE Schuyler County. (2010)

Handling the Wealth on a Family Level and Relative Income Tax Issues to Leasing Gas Rights in New Yorka webinar sponsored by the CCE Marcellus Shale Team.  Presenters: Joseph Bennett, CPA and James Leonard, CPA, CMM. (10/20/10)  To access the webinar slides as a PDF, click here.

Financial Seminar Presentations - from the seminar sponsored by the Tioga County Landowners Group. (9/26/10-9/27/10, Owego, NY).

Fact Sheets and Papers

Guidelines for Construction and Restoration of Natural Gas Well Drilling Sites in Agricultural Areas - NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets (2010).

Lease Extensions and Force Majeure -by Brett Chedzoy, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), South Central New York Agriculture Team.

Key Points for Property Owners - Five key points for landowners concerning gas exploration and leasing - CCE.

Hydraulic Fracturing Considerations for Natural Gas Wells of the Marcellus Shale - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Gas Rights and Right-of-Way Leasing Considerations for Farms and Woodlands - CCE

Gas Exploration and Leasing on Private Land: Tips for Land Owners - CCE

Oil and Gas Leases: Land Owners' Rights - NYS Attorney General's gas leasing guide

Brewery Ommegang Statement on Hydrofracking for Shale Gas - by Larry Bennett. Ommegang press release.  November 19, 2010

Study of the environmental hazard caused by the oil shale industry solid waste - by L. Pollumaa, A. Maloveryan, M. Trapido, H. Sillak, A. Kahru, Altern Lab Anim. 2001 May-Jun;29(3):259-67.

A case of diesel oil poisoning in a ewe - SF Ranger, VetRec. 1976 Dec 18-25;99(25-26):508-9.

Sources, pathways and relative risks of contaminants in surgace water and groundwater: a perspective prepared for the Walkerton inquiry - by L Ritter, K Solomon, P Sibley, K Hall, P Keen, G Mattu, B Linton. J of Toxicol Environ Health A. 2002 Jan11;65(1):1-142.

Comparison of Oil and Gas Regulations for Safety and Security in the Intermountain West

Energy Development Threats to Conservation - Land Trust Alliance


Understanding and Managing Natural Gas Development on Your Property: A Program for Farmers and Landowners . The program was created and presented by Brett Chedzoy, Sr. Extension Resource Educator, CCE Schuyler County and Ken Smith, Executive Director, CCE Chenango County.

Marcellus Shale Drilling and Agricultural Lands - a webinar sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) which included the following presenters: George Frantz, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University; Ken Smith, CCE Chenango County; Judy Wright, American Farmland Trust. (5/11/2011)

Observed Impacts of Marcellus Shale Drilling on Agricultural Lands - presentation (pdf) to the NYS Association of Towns Training & Conference on February 21, 2011. Presenter: George R. Frantz, AICP, ASLA, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University.

Gas Leasing Considerations for Farmers and Forest Owners - CCE Presentation (pdf)

Additional Websites

National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) - serving the citizens who own the country's natural resources.

New York Gas Lease - a resource for landowners on natural gas leasing and exploration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Landowner Issues