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Pike gas leases multiply

PIKE COUNTY, PA — This map, depicting the locations and acreage that has been leased for natural gas extraction in Pike County, was displayed at a public information session conducted recently at the Delaware Valley High School in Milford, PA. The session was presented by Pike County Citizens for Clean Water and Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy ( www.twcwc.com ).

Other information presented on the map included the following: Pike County is 567 square miles, or 362,880 acres, with a population approaching 60,000. As of December 29, 2008, 10 landowners have signed leases on 6,736 acres, or 1.9 percent of total Pike County land area, leased by .0167 percent of the population.

A statement accompanying the map noted, “99.9 percent of Pike County citizens have NOT signed a lease, (or received as much as $3,000 an acre for doing so) but we will all have to live with the environmental impacts, the infrastructure burdens, and the ways gas drilling would change the character, image, and day to day life of the county.”

Information about Pike leases is available through the Recorder of Deeds office in the Pike County Courthouse.

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