Sorry you signed a gas lease?
Know someone who signed and regrets it?
Were you approached by a landman, but did not sign?
Fill out the SURVEY on the fleased website at Fleased.org
We will use the survey data to search for evidence of a pattern of unfair and fraudulent gas company practices that we can then use to take action.
Interested in working with others on lobbying for legislative action? Reaching out to neighbors? Seeking assistance from the NYS Attorney General?
Join us! See fleased.org for time and place of our meetings. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ellen at 607 539-7133 with questions or for a paper copy of the survey.
Fleased is providing a voice for landholders who leased mineral rights before Marcellus shale gas exploitation was known to threaten our land, air, water and communities. To learn more or join us, contact us at email@example.com.
Many landholders signed leases with gas companies before shale gas exploitation was taking place in New York State. Why did we sign? Partly because natural gas was portrayed as a relatively “clean green” fuel, so obtaining it locally seemed reasonable. Partly because the way it was presented to us made it sound not only benign, but inevitable.
Previous gas drilling was far less dangerous than the slickwater high volume hydraulic fracturing used for shale gas exploitation and the older technology is what most of us thought we signed up for. Our expectations were based on conventional gas drilling. None of us knew that toxic chemicals would be injected into the land under our homes, woods, farms and wells. Changes in the law since many people signed now allow for denser well spacing, further increasing impacts.
Had we known about the pollution potential and the possible transformation of peaceful residential and agricultural areas into industrial zones, we would never have signed.
Fleased is collecting accounts of how the landsmen who visited us operated—specifically what information and misinformation they gave us about the process and impacts, what promises and assurances were made and what pressures they put on us to sign. Fleased is also examining the content and import of specific provisions of our leases. We are making our presence and concerns known to the political “powers” locally, in Albany and nationally, and we are considering possible legal actions.
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