I was wandering around a few of the websites I frequent for info about natural gas and came across this term. “Compulsory Integration”. I was completely unfamiliar with it so I thought I’d look into a bit and see what I could find, and if the findings were interesting enough, share them with all of you.
Compulsory Integration is what happens when multiple land owners in an area sign leases with a gas company and someone in the middle of this block chooses not to sign a lease. It is sometimes referred to as ” eminent domain”. At this point the drilling companies are given the ability by the state to take the gas from under a plot of land that the owner does not wish to sell.
I found a lot on this topic for NY state but very little for PA. As far as I can tell from what I did read, eminent domain is not being used in the state of PA at this time, but it is in NY state. If anyone has more information about this topic, especially in regards to PA, please let me know. I did post a few links that had good info on the topic and land lease agreements below.
This link is to an article from a magazine that includes an interview with an agriculture expert in NY state. They discuss this topic a bit in the article.
This link offers a good overview of what the land leases may or may not include and concerns to think about and consider prior to signing a lease. It does talk about compulsory integration.
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