STATEMENT TO NEW YORK STATE SENATEON HYDRAULIC FRACTURINGJuly 22, 2012Page 3
attorneys whom are well known to be opposed to fracking and for more regulation.Therefore, DEC’s claim that the environmental community was afforded the same,pre-release access as the industry is simply false.
LEASE PROBLEMS FOR LAND OWNERS–MANY LEASE HOLDERS DO NOTSUPPORT DRILLING:
Over the past two (2) years, I have developed an expertise on gas leases andthe difficulties that 1000s of land owners are currently experiencing as their originalfive year leases are being extended by unscrupulous gas companies. These leaseproblems have been the area upon which my speaking has concentrated over thepast year and a half. I was invited by the New York State Bar Association to lectureat their recent CLE events on fracking on June 15, in Albany, and June 22 in New
York City.I have also reviewed 100s of gas leases in over a dozen counties and advisedthose land owners of their options under those leases. From these reviews, I canassure this Committee that there are 1000s of lease holders through out the statewho are n
pro-drilling and only want to end their leases. They were not aware of fracking five and six years ago when they were lured into signing these leases andbecause they have now learned of the environmental dangers to their lands and our waters, they very strongly, want to terminate their leases.I have also spoken in dozens of lease workshops in many towns and countiesover the past year and a half, which have been attended by 1000s of lease holderswho were all eager to end their leases, with no interests in a “better lease”.From these experiences, of reviewing 100s of leases and meeting with 1000s