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Your gateway to helpful information and outside resources related to natural gas for residents, businesses, and industry

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Private Oil and Gas Leases:
Land agents, typically called “landmen,” may be direct employees of exploration and production companies or may be contractors. The leases they offer are private contracts which grant rights and place obligations on both the lesser (i.e., the landowner) and the lessee (i.e., the oil and gas company). Any lease should be carefully reviewed and negotiated by the landowner before it is signed. The following links are provided for information purposes only and should not be viewed as advocacy or legal advice.

Landowner’s Guide to Oil and Gas Leasing
New York Gas Lease

Well owners have the responsibility of filing an Organizational Report and may be required to post Financial Security for any unplugged well, regardless of who originally drilled the well. Please click the links below to learn more about well owner requirements and safety tips for well owners.

Well Owner Requirements
Safety for Well Owners

When approached by a gas company or well developer, it is advised to seek out trusted legal advice from a law professional before signing any type of contract. Please click the links below to learn more about contracts and lease signing.

Farm Bureau New York: Know What You’re Signing
Cornell Cooperative Extension: Tips and Guidance for New York Landowners

All well owners must secure a Permit prior to commencing any regulated activity including preparatory work on either access road or well site. Click the link below to learn more about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s permitting process.

Drilling Permit Application

In 2012, the United States consumed 25,502,251 million cubic feet of natural gas. 4,179,740 million cubic feet was consumed for residential use and 1,216,532 (2011) million cubic feet consumed by the State of New York. Natural Gas consumption statistics can be found on the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website

Additionally, in 2009 about 50% of all households (residential) in the United States used natural gas. Click here to see the EIA’s most frequently asked questions

Additional Natural Gas Suppliers, provided by NYSEG

Additional uses of Natural Gas

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Usage & Safety

CNG and LNG are two forms of natural gas used in vehicles.

CNG, or Compressed Natural Gas is an alternative to diesel and gasoline fuel. CNG gets about the same fuel economy as a conventional fuel on a gasoline gallon equivalent basis. CNG is used in light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles.

LNG, or Liquefied Natural Gas is produced by purifying natural gas and super-cooling it to -260°F to turn into a liquefied . LNG is good for trucks needing a longer range because liquefied is more dense than gas (CNG). LNG is used in medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

For more information on CNG and LNG vehicles, click here

Compressed Natural Gas Filling Stations

There are two types of CNG stations: time-fill and fast-fill. The main differences between the two filling types are the amount of storage capacity and size of the compressor.

Fast-Fill Stations are best suited for retail situations where light-duty vehicles arrive randomly and need to fill up quickly.

Time-Fill Stations are used primarily by fleets and works great for vehicles with large tanks that refuel at a central location every night.

For more information about Fast-Fill and Quick-Fill Stations, click here

Find CNG or LNG stations

LNG Regulation

Currently, New York is the only state in America that bans the use of LNG. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing the addition of Part 570 to 6 NYCRR to establish a permitting program for the safe siting, construction, and operation of liquefied natural gas facilities and transportation of LNG in New York State.

Click here to read the proposed addition.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration tracks and records all natural gas production in the United States. Please click the link below to see monthly and annual reports for natural gas production

Natural Gas Production

Constitution Pipeline
The approximately 124-mile proposed Constitution pipeline extends from Susquehanna County, Pa., to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in Schoharie County, N.Y. The proposed project route stretches from Susquehanna County, Pa., into Broome County, N.Y., Chenango County, N.Y., Delaware County, N.Y., and terminates in Schoharie County, N.Y.

Millennium Pipeline
The Millennium Pipeline will stretch across the Southern Tier for 182 miles and will provide infrastructure to provide gas to the market. The pipeline travels through Steuben, Chemung, Tioga, Broome, Delaware, Sullivan, Orange, and Rockland counties.

Map of Pipelines within Broome County | Click to Enlarge

Calling ‘Dig Safely New York’ at 811 before digging is a critical safety precaution. To ensure safety and prevent damage, Call 811 before you dig!

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Due to pending regulation and the current hydraulic fracturing moratorium, some content is limited to the resources currently available. Such content will be updated when new decisions, regulations and policies are made at the State and Federal level.
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Current Drilling Regulation

Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Regulatory Agencies

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

NYS Department of Health

Hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation process used to maximize the extraction of underground resources; including oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, and even water. The oil and gas industry uses hydraulic fracturing to enhance subsurface fracture systems to allow oil or natural gas to move more freely from the rock pores to production wells that bring the oil or gas to the surface.


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Welcome to the Broome County Natural Gas Resource Guide! I am pleased to present this website to the residents of Broome County and potential new residents and businesses. Natural Gas is more than safe drilling. Natural Gas heats our homes, powers our vehicles, creates jobs, offers energy alternatives, and has the potential to be an economic stimulator. My administration is committed to providing our residents with valuable services and information, and this online tool will be a tremendous resource for the community as we strive to build a better Broome County. This website is not a comprehensive listing of every last piece of information that you may want to know; rather, it’s a compilation resource guide to help direct you to the information you’re looking for.

Debra A. Preston
Broome County Executive