The next time someone from York County visits his or her favorite state park in the northern reaches of the state, natural gas might be flowing out of the rock formation directly under the park — and in some cases, there might not be much state officials can do about it.
State officials have said that they do not own about 80 percent of the mineral rights under the state’s parks, meaning they don’t own the rights for drillers to go get the gas there.
The lack of ownership might have huge implications for natural gas extraction under publicly owned lands. Although a boom for employment up north, and potentially for anyone in the Northeast who uses gas for home heating, environmental concern about the extraction process remains.
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