They don’t own the land?

September 27, 2011

Fracking lawsuit could set precedent for local drilling bans

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 19 (Reuters) – A lawsuit challenging a small town’s ban on natural-gas drilling could have far-reaching implications throughout New York, where state officials are poised to approve the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Anschutz, which owns more than 22,000 acres of land in Dryden, is arguing that New York’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) bars local governments from any regulation of drilling.

This article states that the drilling company “owns” 22,000 acres in the town. No, it only has a lease to drill for gas on other people’s land. It does not own the land.

Please correct this. It is a very misleading statement on an important issue.

A Reader

Indeed. We corrected the error: GBU Editor

People gather on the steps of New York City Hall protesting the states plan for shale oil drilling in the city’s watershed in New York January 4, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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