Dreams of gas riches fading in N.Y.

Dreams of gas riches fading in N.Y.

Inertia in setting fracking rules frustrates folks who see end to struggles
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Judi Whittaker sees the potential for natural-gas riches of the Marcellus Shale under the land of her family’s farm in Whitney Point, N.Y. Repeated delays by the state about whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has many landowners like Whittaker frustrated. Some would like to lease their land to energy developers.
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Kimberly More of Morning Dew Stables in Otego, N.Y., saw the potential natural-gas riches of the Marcellus Shale as the hope for saving her horse farm.
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“New York landowners will never recover the revenue that’s been lost,” said Nick Schoonover, a retired engineer who owns a 75-acre tree farm about New York state’s decision to delay deciding on whether to allow fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.
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