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Gas Drilling Information

Taxes & Drilling: Revenue Potential for Municipal Governments?
The first in a series of presentations related to gas drilling
WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2012, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Library
For more info, download the press release here.

Court Decision (pdf 1.5 MB) February 21, 2012
Anschutz Complaint (pdf)

Helen Slottje, of the Community Environmental Defense Council, Inc.,  gave a presentation to members of multiple Town Boards on June 16, 2011, during the Planning Board meeting.

A study done for the Town of Middlefield was mentioned during the Q&A session.

Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner handed out copies of the proposed amendments to the current zoning ordinance that were discussed the previous evening at the Town Board. The text of the proposed amendments is also listed below.

Newsletter Article written by Mary Ann Sumner, Town Supervisor.

Other sites that may be of interest:
Anti-fracking legislation — this interactive website lets you click on an area and get information on fracking legislation for that area.

The Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) has released a study of the potential impact of hydrofracking on the region: “Tompkins County Community Impact Assessment – High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF)”.

The study, which provides municipal officials, community members, and business leaders an assessment of how high volume hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale might impact Tompkins County, was prepared by GREENPLAN, Inc. under contract with TCCOG, and incorporates work done by TCCOG’S Gas Drilling Task Force and the Tompkins County Planning Department.

Art Pearce, who chaired the Impact Assessment Steering Committee, says the study provides local leaders with a much needed resource. “Discussion on this topic has become so polarized that it is hard to find a reasoned summary of the pros and cons of HVHF,” Pearce states. “We believe this report, and the source documents cited, provide a fair assessment of HVHF’s potential impact on the community. The findings indicate that there would be some benefits to the region from HVHF, but they are more than offset by the expected negative impacts on the economy, community character, and environment.”


The Impact Assessment contains a checklist of recommends questions for a community to consider when assessing HVHF and discusses the array of municipal actions that can be considered—including zoning regulations, site plan regulations, Critical Environmental Areas, stormwater management, and road use regulations. Three categories of HVHF impacts are examined in the report: economic, community, and environmental.


The 130-page report includes over 200 hyperlinks to studies and reports that were used in development of the report. The full report and a 14-page Executive Summary are available for viewing and download at the TCCOG website here:
Gas Drilling Task Force

Fracking Toolkit

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