Purpose of This Blog

This blog will examine the conclusions published in the 2011 updated Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSGEIS). I will focus my comments and attention primarily to areas of change identified by the DEC in the 2011 DSGEIS from the 2009 DSGEIS and try to correlate those changes to how they impact drilling in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale formations that cover so much of New York State. I will also focus on topical issues, industry trends, scientific findings, relevant commentary and market activity related to the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale explorations efforts in New York State and any issues related thereto. Please feel free to comment on any subject raised as my intent is to relay factual, relevant, supportable information to the general public to provide them with solid information.

What Does the DSGEIS Mean to a Landowner?

It is hard to summarize the most salient features of a report that runs 1100 pages in length. Based on my extensive experience in negotiating oil and gas leases for landowners, I intend to focus on the major issues that I have dealt with in representing landowners and how they are addressed in the DSGEIS. If the reader feels that the DSGEIS has not addressed any subject adequately they can make an appropriate comment to the DEC before January 11, 2012.

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