New York state Senator Grisanti has introduced a gas spacing bill, ostensibly to protect habitat. But it’s transparently a ploy to simply increase the spacing size – to benefit the drillers. By going from one square mile, 640 acres (a “section”) to 2 squares miles, the driller benefits.Because the driller can hold the entire acreage – 1,280 acres – by just drilling one well.
And that is the game all shale gas companies play: holding as much acreage as possible. And proving up that acreage by drilling as few wells as possible. Particularly with dry shale gas in the dumps, holding acreage at minimal cost is critical. Doubling the size of the well spacing facilitates that for shale gas drillers. All they had to do with Grisanti is write the bill for him and provide a cover story.
And he did it – facilitating the gaming of leases and leaseholders . . .
Doubling the spacing unit also enables the driller to seize more land via compulsory integration. By using the absolute worst compulsory integration law in the US . . .That Grisanti’s senate cohorts delivered back in 2005 for the same benefactors. As written by the gas lobby – for the drillers – to the landowner’s detriment.
What if you don’t want to participate in the unit ? What if you don’t like the driller ? Or the terms ? In New York, you don’t have a choice. The DEC forces you into the well. For up to 2 square miles – if the drillers get their way.