NY landowners weigh in on gas-drilling regulations

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Landowners hoping to sign leases with
natural gas drillers say New York's proposed regulations put some
land off-limits to drilling for no logical reason, under the guise
of protecting water supplies.

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York says in comments submitted to state regulators that the proposed 4,000-foot buffer around New York City's watershed extends to land on the other side of ridgelines where the water flows away from the city's watershed.

The coalition also says the regulations are weaker than their leases in some respects.

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York says in its comments that the regulations would render half of the desirable
drilling parcels unavailable for gas exploration.

Wednesday is the end of a four-month comment period on the proposed rules.

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