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The Marcellus Accountability Project
Data gathered from public records in the Tompkins County Clerk's Office. Numbers are from leases recorded from January 2005 through October 2009.
Tompkins County Gas Leasing Statistics
Although at least 39%* of the land area of Tompkins County now has a gas lease, these leases are owned by only 6%** of the adult, non-college-student residents of the County. Thus, a very small proportion of the total population that will be impacted by gas drilling will reap any possible financial benefits.
If at least 60% of the land area around you is leased, you may be forced to have your land included in a spacing unit. This “compulsory integration” allows the gas company to drill horizontally and inject toxic fracking fluids under your property, but they may not set foot on your land.
Even if you are not forced into a spacing unit, eminent domain may be invoked by New York State to route pipelines across your land.
Cornell University Lands and Leasing
Cornell University has not yet leased any of its land in Tompkins County, but will not rule out leasing. They are waiting for what they consider to be adequate federal or state regulations before deciding how much land, if any, to lease. They are establishing an advisory committee of faculty, staff, and students to look into the issues surrounding leasing. For Cornell's 12/23/09 statement of their policy, click here. Cornell owns 11,000 acres in Tompkins County—4% of the land area. Cornell owns mineral rights on 420,000 additional acres of land, primarily in the central and southwestern parts of the United States (Source: FAQ on Cornell Real Estate Dept. Website).
*Note that 39% is the minimum area of land leased, since an unknown number of leases signed prior to 2005 whose primary term has expired are, in fact, still active. See Map Data Details for more information.
**For how this number was calculated, click here.
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