Maybe. Compulsory integration or compulsory pooling, as practiced in New York state, is, of all the insidious wrongs in the fracking world, possibly the worst: since it gives the frackers the power of eminent domain over mineral rights owners – to compel them into participating in a well – against their will, against their economic interests, and against their environmental concerns.
Can think of nothing worse about the fracking game. Nor can I think of any better example of how the gas industry lobbyists lead Albany around by the nose: they wrote the amendment to the state’s compulsory integration law in 2005 – in anticipation of using it on horizontal wells. Which simply confirms the depth of fracking corruption in Albany: to the bone marrow.
Bill Fischer has written a history on how New York ended up with the worst compulsory integration practices this side of Tajikistan.
Harry Levine has done a dandy job at dissecting the statute, which offers 3 flavors of Kool Aide:
James Bacon has written the definitive legal paper on New York’s law: (it’s unconstitutional)
To put compulsory integration into perspective: it’s not legal in Fracksylvania. Imagine that…
Thursday in Binghamton: Compulsory Integration
Landowners Against Fracking Rally:Please join a rally focused on landowners who may be forced to deal with fracking against their will. Compulsory integration stands to rip apart rural communities and pit neighbor against neighbor.
Speakers will include folks who border leased land and will be forced to interact with heavy industry against their will.
Thursday, March 7, 11am-12pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, 183 Riverside Drive, Fireside Room, Binghamton.