A group of landowners in neighboring Tioga County is looking move forward with “fracking” for natural gas despite a state ban. The group proposes a different process than the one included in the ban.
The Snyder group represents five Tioga County farm families. They are seeking to develop a 53-acre natural gas well in the Town of Barton.
The group is looking to tap into natural gas supplies in the Marcellus and Utica Shale by using gelled propane and sand to blast fishers to release the gas.
Earlier this year the state ended a longstanding moratorium and banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing which uses large volumes of water and chemicals to dig through the shale to extract the gas.
The Snyder group’s process doesn’t use any water, the fracturing takes place using liquefied petroleum gas. The group has applied for two drilling permits, so far no challenges have filed against the state “fracking” ban.
Supporters say the project will create jobs and economic activity in rural Tioga County.