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<a href="http://planphilly.com/pennsylvania-independent-penndot-lands-could-be-worth-millions" target="_blank">When traveling along Interstate 80 in the western half of Pennsylvania, drivers could be riding directly above some of the state's most lucrative land.

Leasing that land, which would allow drilling companies to extract natural gas from beneath state-owned highways, could mean millions of dollars for the state over the next twenty years.

"In the Marcellus area, a large portion of the private property has been leased on both sides of the road, but the gas companies cannot drill under the land owned by the state. Legally, the highway is an underground fence, and that property can be enormously profitable to the drillers if they are able to drill from the east side or the west side of the highway," said Dr. Dennis Wydra, a retired professor who has spent the last three years researching the Marcellus Shale projects for the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania.
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from the article

Each mile of Interstate highway in western Pennsylvania sits on a right-of-way forty feet wide, so a 100 foot stretch of highway covers 4,800 acres of land. The state could make more

math not this reporters forte?
 

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lol. Come on Uncle Ed. There is the funding gap were looking for. Forget tolling 80, lease it up. Maybe state employees would get their raises back from the last 8 yrs
 

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This is the same bunch that went to the legislature last year and tried to convince them the PGC didn't need a hunting license increase, because of "all the millions they'll make from gas drilling on SGLs".

The figures they threw around then, were also far wide of the mark. Wydra is better known as USP's resident mountain lion expert.
 

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Yep, another USP self proclaimed expert, birds of a feather, water rises to its own level, etc, etc.
 

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40 ft x 100 ft is less than 1/10 of an acre

40 ft x 100 miles comes to around 484 acres....NOT 4800 acres.


No wonder they see mountain lions. Pizza anyone?
 

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Bluetick, is there any other info on this? I am having trouble believing the state gets the mineral rights when acquiring ROWs. Thank you in advance. -SL
 

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Dr. Dennis Wydra, a retired professor who has spent the last three years researching the Marcellus Shale projects for the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania.



Just an opinion article... consider the source..
 

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40 ft x 100 ft is less than 1/10 of an acre
It would actually be 80' wide x 100' so 8000' or just under 1/5th of an acre per 100'
 

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The article called it a 40 ft. right of way, ( which would be less than one dirction of travel for an interstate highway ROR0

I was just using the articles Numbers. The authors numbers do not add up.....

I 80 would have a much bigger ROR than 40 feet or 80 feet.
 
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