Got a call yesterday afternoon from a guy wanting to lease the oil and gas rights on our 11.25 acres in Tioga County PA. He wanted to come right over as he was in our area and I told him no and to send the info to us so we could look over it. He is from a leasing middleman I think and not a drilling company. DH and I feel it is not something we would want to do and I think we are way to the west of the prime area. I did some research to ease my mind and got more nervous after that! Since we only own a small amount, the money involved even if they hit oil/gas would not make it "worth it" if in return our property was destroyed. We bought it 4 years ago and I had hoped we could build a small place and move after retirement. It looks more and more like that will never happen, so I would just like to leave it as it is. It has a beautiful view and though our access is from a deeded right-of-way technically, we would only have to go a few feet off the township road to gain access as we are by the road. This guy said that they lease in blocks of 640 acres and you would get your percentage of the royalties of that block if they hit, which is a long shot. The leasing is $100/per acre for the first year and $50 after that. I read that most leases are 3 years now, but haven't seen his paperwork. In researching, I read a lot of articles about the good and the bad of the process from Chemung County NY and the Southern Tier where they have done more drilling to date. My concern is that if the people behind us who are from out of state and own 115 acres sign on to something like this, how would it affect my property, as we share the ROW that is on their property but is shared by 3 lots? I read articles about them pressuring a homeowner to sign, trespassing on people's property who didn't sign etc. What I need to know is what is happening in Tioga County PA? Other than the State Lands is there much interest in drilling up there? Are any actually drilling companies (Endura) looking at leasing land instead of these gas and oil exploration companies? Can I just ignore it and it will go away? Do they have to get 640 contiguous acres or is it just that wells have to be on 640 acres? Any help would be appreciated. Just want to protect my land as is for the future and know what my rights are.