Addressing the community impact of forced pooling on local drilling decisions

Sarah Osmane, Timothy Kelsey

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Increased unconventional oil and gas development has created concerns about property right issues and land degradation problems for many U.S. landowners. Many states allow "forced pooling," which forces landowners to lease their lands to an operator, even if the owner disagrees, when a threshold is reached. Extension professionals need to provide relevant information to decision makers and other local stakeholders on the effects of forced pooling. This article examines how forced pooling laws can affect local voice. Findings suggest that the holders of decision-making power at the local level differ according to the forced pooling thresholds used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1RIB4
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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