Friday, January 2, 2009

Gas Leasing Coalitions in Schuyler

“Throughout this past fall, a dedicated grass-roots group of Schuyler landowners, with support from Schuyler Farm Bureau and Schuyler CCE, has diligently worked towards forming our first Gas Leasing Coalition. Empire Energy Consultants, which also represents the Steuben County Landowner Coalition, was chosen by the group to represent Schuyler’s initial coalition. The Schuyler Coalition will allow landowners to pool their land into units that can be competitively bid out to legitimate companies. If you choose to sign a lease that is negotiated Empire Energy Consultants, they will receive a fee of $20 per acre for their services, paid directly by the company that you sign with. The collective bargaining power of Schuyler’s coalitions will likely allow landowners to obtain compensations and lease terms that would not otherwise be made available to individuals. However, leasing through a coalition is not a quick process, and consequently may not be an option for some. You can even join the coalition if your land is currently leased, though a new lease generally cannot be signed until the previous one expires.

Starting in late January, there will be a series of five public meetings around the county to present the coalition to interested landowners. For locations and dates, please visit or

Brett Chedzoy
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Schuyler County
Agriculture and Natural Resources
office: 607-535-7161
cell: 607-742-3657

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