190 Years of Natural Gas History
Natural gas has been commercially drilled in New York State since 1821. It has been piped to towns for light, heat, and energy since the 1870s. The first storage facilities were developed in 1916. Hydraulic fracturing was first used in
It will be essential for citizens and local officials to separate and understand the short-term and long-term opportunities and benefits and how these are maintained over time. As the gas industry develops both citizens and officials will have to remain aware of the effects drilling activity will have both on the environment and on the social fabric of their communities.
Revisied August 2012! Municipal Guide for Energy Impacted Communities
Events, Discussions, Conferences
Natural Gas Task Forces
DEC Resource Links
NY Well Data/ Locator (use Explore to download data)
DEC Notice of Compulsory Integration Hearings (acreage assigned to a well without lease)
Education Research Links
Other Resource Links
EnergyinDepth (Marcellus Shale)
Chemung County Maps
Schuyler County Maps
Steuben County Maps
Tour the Virtual Well Site (interactive picture and video)
Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) serving the New York counties' of Chemung, Schuyler, and Tompkins
GIS Related Shape Files
Presentations & Webinars
Gas Pipelines, What municipalities Need to Know, presented 17 May 2012, by STC Planning, Meghan Thoreau
Marcellus Roadshow III: Municipal Planning & Managing Potential Impact from Natural Gas Development, Steuben County, NY May 2012 presented by STC Planning, Meghan Thoreau and Steuben County Planning, Amy Dlugos
SRBC: Water Use and the Shale Gas Industry, Sept 2011 by Jeremy Hoffman, Compliance Specialist-field Operations
Gas Well Drilling and Development of Marcellus Shale, June 2008 by Susquenhanna River Basin Commission
Reflections: LIVING & PLANNING in Sublette County, Wyoming by Southern Tier Central, Meghan Thoreau
Wyoming Boomtowns: Local Government Impacts & Natural Gas Drilling by Penn State University, Jeffrey Jacquet
Trenton Black River Plays by Compiled by The Reservoir Characterization Group at The New York State Museum
"Uncoventional" Oil and Gas Plays of New York by The Reservoir Characterization Group at The New York State Museum and NYS Geological Survey
Training for Local Boards and Municipal Officials 2010 by Ray Stolinas, Bradford County, PA Planning Director
Energy Industry: Man-camps and Housing Related Impacts for Municipalities to Consider by Southern Tier Central, Meghan Thoreau
Marcellus Shall Drilling & Agricultural Lands by Cornell Cooperative Extension, George Frantz and Kelly Cronin
Municipal Planning & Regulatory Tools: examples from southern Finger Lakes counties, July 2011 by Southern Tier Central, Meghan Thoreau & Tompkins County, Darby Kiley
Ordinances and Municipal Regulations
Tompkins County Draft Road Preservation Law (this is a DRAFT version, law is still under committee review)
Contact Meghan Thoreau, , 607-962-5092, ext. 204
Picture Sources (L to R and T to B):
The draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) has been released. Comments were due December 31, 2009.
Southern Tier Central RPDB filed comments on the SGEIS: "Comments on the draft SGEIS filed by STCRPDB"
The US Geologic Society (USGS) has issued an overview of Marcellus Shale drilling: "Water Resources and Natural Gas Production from Marcellus Shale"
Cornell Cooperative Extension Natural Gas Resource Center produced a landowner coalition presentation called "An Introduction to Landowners Coalitions"
Southern Tier East RPDB issued a role of local government white paper entitled: "...the Role of Local Government..in Natural Gas..Production"
South Central New York Agricultural Team has published an alternative energy summary called: "Planning for Landscape-Scale Energy Development Projects in the Southern Tier"
Tioga Investigates Natural Gas was formed by the Tioga County Legislature. Recent documents include: TING Steering Committee Operating Guidelines and Potential Impacts and Opportunities...