About Landowner Rights & Fracking


Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Penn State, and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at NC State have all developed resources for farmers and landowners that explain concerns with gas leases and the impact of hydraulic fracturing on land, groundwater, and health.

Some recommended resources and publications are referenced below:

  • Landowner’s Guide to Oil & Gas Leasing is an informational website provided by the New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation. The site provides in-depth information for landowners considering a mineral rights lease.

Additional Resources & Publications

(1) Murawski, John. June 26, 2010. Natural Gas Rights Going Fast in Lee County. News & Observer.

(2) Cornell University Cooperative Extension. 2008. Gas Exploration and Leasing On Private Land: Tips and Guidance for New York Landowners.

(3) Reid, Jeffrey C. and Taylor, Kenneth B. 2009. Shale Gas Potential in Triassic Strata of the Deep River Basin, Lee and Chatham Counties, North Carolina with pipeline and infrastructure data. North Carolina Geoloical Survey, open-file report 2009-01.

(6) Murawski, John. June 26, 2010. Natural Gas Rights Going Fast in Lee County. News & Observer.

(7) 2008. Gas Leasing Scams and Rip-Offs: Ways to Separate You from Your Property Rights and Money. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Agricultural Extension.

(8) Weidner, Krista. 2008. Natural Gas Exploration: A Landowner’s Guide to Leasing Land in Pennsylvania.Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Agricultural Extension.

(9) 2008. Oil and Gas Leases: Landowners Rights. Office of the New York State Attorney General.

(10) Feitshans, Theodore A. 2010. Evaluating Oil and Gas Lease Proposals. Powerpoint Presentation. NC State University.

(11) Feitshans, Theodore A. 2010. Evaluating Oil and Gas Lease Proposals. Powerpoint Presentation. NC State University.

(12) Henderson, Bryan. July 27, 2010. Natural Gas Drilling Coming to NC? The Charlotte Observer.

(15) Cornell University. 2010. Natural Gas Development: Frequently Asked Questions: Local Government and Community Impacts.

(16) Rogers, Michele, et al. 2010. Marcellus Shale: What Local Government Officials Need to Know. Penn State.

(20)Reid, Jeffrey C. and Taylor, Kenneth B. 2009. Shale Gas Potential in Triassic Strata of the Deep River Basin, Lee and Chatham Counties, North Carolina with pipeline and infrastructure data. North Carolina Geoloical Survey, open-file report 2009-01.

(21) Efstathiou, Jim Jr. Aug. 4, 2010. New York Senate Approves Halt to Shale Gas Drilling Over Water Safety. Bloomberg News.