Cuomo’s office invites Vickers to address landowners forum

NORWICH – The focus of a landowners’ rights forum tonight will most likely address litigation issues that could result from the exploration and drilling of natural gas, according to Chenango County Farm Bureau President Bradd Vickers.

While the exact number of Chenango County acres leased for drilling is unknown, companies such as Nornew, Inc. of Norway have been aggressively leasing land here since the late 1990s. Formations targeted include the Herkimer, Oneida, Utica and Marcellus, the latter which experts have predicted holds $1 trillion worth of the energy source.

Vickers is one of a handful of speakers asked by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office to address the forum from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in the Norwich High School auditorium. In addition to representatives from the New York State Attorney General’s office, New York State Assemblymen Clifford Crouch, Gary Finch and Peter Lopez will also make presentations, followed by a question and answer session.

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