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Onetime drilling opponent signs lease on Pa. farm

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An author and onetime anti-drilling activist whose family owns a historic 153-acre farm in northeastern Pennsylvania has leased the land to a gas company, saying it's better to work with the industry than to fight it.

Denise Dennis signed a lease with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. She says the lease will help preserve the Susquehanna County farm where her ancestors were among the first free blacks to settle in northeastern Pennsylvania after the Revolutionary War. The lease prohibits Cabot from disturbing the surface but allows the company to drill horizontally underneath the land.

Dennis testified before Philadelphia City Council two years ago that shale gas drilling is "as dirty as coal mining." She tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that she had to be realistic about drilling.

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