S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
June 10, 2010
Introduced by Sens. THOMPSON, OPPENHEIMER, PERKINS -- read twice and
ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
Environmental Conservation -- reported favorably from said committee
and committed to the Committee on Rules -- committee discharged, bill
amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
tee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to suspend hydraulic fracturing; and providing for the repeal of
such provisions upon the expiration thereof
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. There is hereby established a suspension of the issuance of
new permits for the drilling of a well which utilizes the practice of
hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or oil
in low permeability natural gas reservoirs, such as the Marcellus and
Utica shale formations.
The purpose of such suspension shall be to afford the state and its
residents the opportunity to continue the review and analysis of the
effects of hydraulic fracturing on water and air quality, environmental
safety and public health.
For the purposes of this section, "hydraulic fracturing" shall mean
the fracturing of rock by fluid for the purpose of stimulating natural
gas or oil for any purpose.
This section shall not apply to permits issued prior to the effective
date of this act which utilize hydraulic fracturing that are subject to
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be
deemed repealed on May 15, 2011.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.