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Could New York's fracking plan be limited to four counties?

By Bob Downing Published: July 8, 2012

The Marcellus Drilling News reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to allow limited horizontal drilling in the Marcellus shale could be limited to four southern counties.

Initial reports said that hydraulic fracturing or fracking might be allowed for two years in five New York counties: Broome, Chenango, Chemung, Steuben and Tioga.

All are near the New York-Pennsylvania border.

Pennsylvania has been drilling into the Marcellus shale. New York has a self-imposed moratorium in place that may be lifted.

The Marcellus Drilling News says that Chenango County may be dropped from the plan, but a large and very vocal landowners group is rallying to be included in the New York drilling plan.

 

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

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Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

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Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.