'Pooling' for Gas Irks Armstrong County Residents

Landowners say ‘pooling’ equates to grabbing their land for purposes they don’t agree with

Opponents say ‘pooling’ being used to intimidate landowners and lower their lease bargaining power.

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Kris Sotos is concerned that her South Buffalo Township property could be in jeopardy if a bill requiring her to allow natural gas drilling on her land becomes law.

“That amounts to grabbing my land for purposes that I don’t agree with,” she said.

State Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Ford City, said more people in Armstrong County than just Sotos could be affected by a bill that would force state landowners to sell their below-ground natural gas rights to a drilling company as part of a pool with neighboring landowners who have voluntarily sold their rights.

Pyle said he is against a gas company “forcibly” taking someone’s land, adding that he understands the benefits to pooling.

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