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Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation, Moreland Township, Lycoming County, PA, Ruhrfisch. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Landowners need to have information on the 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  - There are a number of landowner coalitions in New York that have formed to give participants increased bargaining power when leasing land for natural gas development. The above link has a list of land owner coalitions in New York State with links to their websites.


Things to Consider when You Consider Leasing:


Financial Implications:

Gas and Oil Leases as they Relate to Residential Lending - by Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) Task Force on Gas Drilling Assessment and Land Valuation Subcommittee (10-11-11)

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 York - a 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).

Gas Drilling in New York State: Riches or Ruin for Landowners and Communities - Cornell University Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI)


Legal Implications:

Marcellus Shale (Supplemental Materials), NYS Bar Association Environmental Law and Municipal Law Sections Joint Fall Meeting, October 23-25, 2009, Canandaigua, NY

Negotiating a Municipal Oil & Gas Lease - Coughlin & Gerhart LLP, NY Conference of Mayors (08/29/08)

Gas and Oil Leases: Know What You Are Signing - New York Farm Bureau

Leasing of Natural Gas Drilling Rights on Public and Private Land in New York (pdf) - Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Applied Economics and Management.

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

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

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

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


Gas drilling and your property: 

​A Quick Summary of Private Water Well Testing and Natural Gas Drilling in New York - by Amy Galford (8/29/2012) ​

Compulsory Integration Video - Almost 150 people attended an information session at the Dryden Fire Hall on November 14th to hear a panel of experts discuss Compulsory Integration, a provision of New York State’s mining law that allows energy companies to remove natural gas from properties although the landowner has not signed a drilling lease.  That presentation and the question-and-answer period that followed were videotaped by Cris McConkey and now can be accessed online, along with handouts from the session and other resources, at The public information session was presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County in cooperation with Fleased. (November 14, 2011)

Gas Leasing Considerations for Farmers (pdf) Brett Chedzoy, CCE Schuyler County (February, 2010)

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

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.

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

Gas Exploration and Leasing on Private Land: Tips and Guidance for NY Landowners - Cornell Cooperative Extension

Oil and Gas At Your Door - Oil & Gas Accountability Project.


Other Landowners:  

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

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