We are offering landowners the option of signing a non-binding pledge not
to sign a gas lease for so long as the proposed method of gas extraction
known as hydrofracking poses a threat to drinking water, air quality, and
This is a way of protecting your property and your community. If enough
landowners sign the pledge, it will become difficult for gas companies to
obtain the concentration of leases necessary for them to operate profitably.
In addition, blocks of land pledged not to sign leases may, if large enough,
frustrate "compulsory integration," whereby one can be forced into a lease
if most surrounding properties are already leased.
Agreement Not to Lease Land on the Marcellus/Utica Shale for Hydrofracking
Please fill out the form below if you do not intend to lease your land in Otsego County, NY on the Marcellus/Utica Shale.
I agree at this time not to lease my land for natural gas drilling using horizontal hydrofracking. Horizontal hydrofracking uses millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals, identified and not identified, to shatter the shale and obtain the natural gas. This process is a threat to the health and safety of area residents, subjects our drinking water resources, wells and aquifers to the risk of contamination and industrializes our rural community. Air pollution from increased diesel truck traffic and noise pollution from drilling and compressors are just a couple of the noxious adjuncts to hydrofracking. In not leasing my land, I am protecting myself, my family, and my neighbors from the adverse effects of hydrofracking.
Please fill this form out once for each parcel you pledge not to lease. This pledge is an expression of your intentions and is not legally binding. Your name and identifying information will be treated confidentially and not disclosed. Aggregate data will be used in presentations to illustrate opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Your email and contact information will not be shared. If you do not have email, please print out a copy of this Pledge and mail to Otsego 2000, PO Box 1130, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
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