The Finger Lakes region has natural gas reserves trapped in a pervasive rock layer called the Black River Formation. According to Bill and Sandy Podulka, a married couple who have assembled the data using public records, almost 40 percent of the land in Tompkins County, which includes Ithaca, has been leased, but the lessors amounted to only 6 percent of the county's adult population. Gas prices have since fallen, but in 2008 geologists Terry Engelder and Gary Lash suggested that Marcellus shale could contain 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, much more than earlier estimates.
Drill, Maybe Drill? Alex Halperin The American Prospect; May 2010; 21, 4; Docstoc pg. 16 Reproduced with perm
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