The Pennsylvania Game Commission filed a protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission objecting to Central New York Oil and Gas Co. LLC’s attempt take over land the commission manages. PGC stated, "If FERC allows [Central New York Oil and Gas Co.] to file eminent domain proceedings against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it will bring into contention the implicit federal preemption of state’s regulatory authority. The inequitable burden placed on Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources is in stark contrast to a project that neither increases the capacity of the downstream gas delivery system, nor increases the supply of gas feeding into the gas supply system, but at best only allocates the direction gas will flow for the private pecuniary benefit of some at the expense of efficiency and economy for all."

The PGC said its interests in maintaining control over state game lands in Bradford County, Pa., outweigh the interests of CNYOG in forcing an eminent domain action. This issue will undoubtedly continue be hotly contested.