Protecting our rural character and natural resources

                   through community-based land conservation.

In the summer of 2015, the Tinicum Conservancy launched a successful new strategy to help Nockamixon and Tinicum landowners extinguish “fracking” gas leases they had entered into during the mid-2000's. By 2015, many landowners had come to realize the potential negative environmental and economic impacts these leases had on their land and the broader community. Recently, the conservancy worked with three more landowners in the Rapp Creek watershed to extinguish their gas leases, increasing the total land protected to more than 115 acres.


Working closely with landowners, the conservancy secured the cooperation of gas company officials and covered all the costs associated with extinguishing the leases. Today, the landowners' property titles are free and clear of any encumbrances previously created by these leases. The original article that details how gas leases are extinguished can be found in the Winter 2016 Issue of the Conservancy’s newsletter Common Ground.


If you are interested in learning whether your property qualifies for the Conservancy’s extinguishment program, please contact Jim Engel, Executive Director at 610-294-1077 or email him at for a confidential discussion.


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