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TCCOG - Gas Drilling Task Force Focus Areas

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TCCOG - Gas Drilling Task Force Focus Areas


Work Group
Areas Covered Chair

Land Values and Assessment

Effects on land values, property assessment, the tax base, and financing. Verifying measurement of gas output, splitting of subsurface rights, agricultural exemptions.

Carol Chock

Land Use

Home rule issues, CEAs, zoning, ordinances for noise, light and dust.

Richard Driscoll

State & Federal Interactions

Communications with state and federal legislators, as well as networking with other counties and regions and communications with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Martha Robertson

Public Safety

Public safety, emergency response, health issues.

Ric Dietrich

Road Protection

Road use agreements, construction agreements, driveway permits, preferred hauling routes.

Don Barber

Water Protection

Flow back disposal (water treatment and abandoned wells), water withdrawals, well contamination, surface water contamination.

Sharon Anderson

Community Impacts

Impacts on economics, jobs, housing, income, taxes, assessment.



This work group is utilizing GIS mapping tools to develop materials that will help municipal officials make informed decisions about natural gas drilling Tompkins County.


Areas in need of addressing: pipeline placement, seismic testing, helicopter flights.