New York’s compulsory integration law creates controversy:
This is the bottom line on compulsory integration in New York: If you’re a landowner with natural gas on your property, even if you don’t sign a drilling lease a company might still be able to take that gas. But, it has to pay you for it. As gas companies continue to lease acreage in the Southern Tier in anticipation of Marcellus exploration, some landowners may be faced with a choice of signing over their mineral rights or receiving a potentially lower rate of compensation. Horizontal drilling has been placed on hold in New York as the state Department of Environmental Conservation reviews the environmental impact and its policies.