Who Will be Impacted?
Based on the geography of the shale basins in North Carolina and the experiences of landowners in other states, rural landowners and farmers are most likely to be negatively impacted by this industry.
Rural landowners and farmers in North Carolina shale-bearing counties are not well informed of the potential risks of hydraulic fracturing to their land. Gas companies are not providing objective information about the benefits and drawback of natural gas extraction. Many are not consulting an attorney before signing a lease.
There are over 2,100 farms in Chatham, Lee, and Moore Counties accounting for over 220,000 acres of farmland. Approximately 59,000 acres in rural Lee County alone are expected to be targeted for drilling, with unknown additional acreage in Chatham, Moore, and Durham Counties. Over 9,400 acres in Lee County have already been leased by gas companies under predatory mineral rights leases.
Considering Leasing your Mineral Rights?
If you are a farmer or landowner in Lee, Chatham, or Moore Counties in North Carolina, you may be approached by companies interested in leasing your mineral rights and tapping potential natural gas deposits beneath your land using hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Always speak with a lawyer when considering signing a lease. We at RAFI can help you with finding the additional resources and information you need as well.
Experiences in Other States
Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have been used in parts of the Midwest for years, and are now being used in Pennsylvania and New York as well. Landowners and farmers in these states have expressed concerns about the effects that drilling have on their lives and livelihoods.
- Map of Affected Areas (North Carolina)
- NC Lee County Mineral Rights Data Now Available Online
- Forced Pooling; Can North Carolina Landowners be Forced into Signing Mineral Rights Leases?
- Forced Pooling 101- Informational video featuring RAFI’s Executive Director Scott Marlow
- Oil and Gas Leasing Education Packet (written for landowners)
- NC Attorney General’s Office Issues Landowner Protection Report (May 2012)
- House Fracking Bill Leaves Gaps in Landowner Protections (RAFI Press Release, June 2012)
- Schedule of Compulsory Pooling Study Group Meetings
- Get Involved!