Compulsory Integration Video Now Available Online
Almost 150 people attended an information session at the Dryden Fire Hall on November 14th to hear a panel of experts discuss Compulsory Integration, a provision of New York State’s mining law that allows energy companies to remove natural gas from properties although the landowner has not signed a drilling lease. That presentation and the question-and-answer period that followed were videotaped by Cris McConkey and now can be accessed online, along with handouts from the session and additional resources, at http://ccetompkins.org/gaslibrary.
Topics covered at the presentation include an explanation of Compulsory Integration (CI) and its legislative history; an overview of CI hearings and rights; impacts of CI on your land rights and how CI could affect your ability to obtain mortgages and loans. Speakers included: Barbara Lifton (NY State Assembly, 125th District); Kenneth Holden of Hancock Estabrook, a Syracuse attorney with natural gas leasing experience who has represented clients at CI hearings; Greg May, vice-president for Residential Mortgage Lending at Tompkins Trust Company; Carol Chock, TC Legislator and member of the TC Council of Governments Gas Drilling Taskforces Committee on Land Values/Assessment; and Nancy Larraine Hoffmann, farmer, spokesperson for Land Stewards of NY, and former NY State Senator. The public information session was presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County in cooperation with Fleased.