Gardner says, "We’ve been
approached, I think, four times now by Chesapeake and BP about signing leases
and so far they have not offered any terms that we consider adequate to
protect what we are doing on the farm."
pooling allows the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to authorize access to non-leased
land once oil and gas
companies have acquired leases for 65 percent of the land in a local "drilling
unit." Gardner says he’s deeply disappointed to learn that private interests can
trump his rights as a landowner.
"It feels as if the land is ours until somebody else
wants to do something with it," he says, "and it’s not even public domain - it’s
a private company."
Ecological Food and Farm Association has posted several farmers’ stories and
personal experiences. Their profiles are featured in a new online series
offered by the association. It’s called “Fracking and Farmland." You
can find it here
Interview provided by Ohio News Connection