In the News: Fracking Rule Gets New Scrutiny

RAFI Landowner Rights and Fracking Project Director James Robinson was featured in The Pilot, a local newspaper in Moore County, NC. The Compulsory Pooling Study Group recently recommended that at least 90 percent of acreage of a drilling area be voluntarily leased before remaining property owners are forcibly pooled. Still, as our infographic shows, this would pool more than half of landowners against their will. An excerpt from the article: Compulsory pooling, or forced pooling, allows drillers to tap local natural gas, even if landowners don’t want drillers probing under their homes and farms. Critics compare it to a government’s right to seize private property for the public good. “It’s a particularly bad infringement on landowners’ ability to decide what to do with their own resource,” said James Robinson, director of the Landowner Rights and Fracking Project at the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA in Pittsboro. Click here to read the full article.
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