senate Bill S1201

Amended

Suspends hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1201A

Summary

Suspends hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil; suspends the issuance of new permits for such drilling.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1201
S1201A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S5592
2009-2010: S8129B

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BILL NUMBER:S1201

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to suspend hydraulic fracturing; and providing for the
repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to prohibit the issuance of new gas and/or
oil permits for well drilling that involves hydraulic fracturing
(hydro fracking).

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would suspend, until June 1, 2012, the issuance of new
permits for the drilling of a well that would utilize 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.

JUSTIFICATION:
The potential development of natural gas drilling in low permeability
natural gas reservoirs such as the Marcellus and Utica Shale
formations has led to robust debate regarding the safety of the
process and the protection of the environment.

Delaying the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) ability
to issue permits until June I, 2014, will provide the Legislature
with additional time to assess the true environmental impacts of
hydraulic fracturing. This bill will also help ensure the Legislature
has adequate time to review DEC's Draft Supplemental Generic
Environmental Impact Statement (DSGEIS) once it is produced and any
other reports or analysis done on the environmental and health
impacts on effected communities.

Gas drilling carries with it the risk of accidents, including spills
and blow-outs. There are also impacts on the communities in which
shale gas production is located including increased traffic, noise
and habitat destruction.

Given the complexities of the environmental and policy issues under
consideration, there is an urgent need for an extension of the
suspension of the permitting process involving hydraulic fracturing.
Such a moratorium will allow for a thorough, deliberate and unrushed
analysis of all of the factors involved.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12 S.5592 - Referred to Environmental Conservation 2010:
A.11443-B - Rules (Sweeney) - Veto Memo 6837

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be deemed
repealed June 1, 2014.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1201

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to suspend hydraulic fracturing; and providing for the repeal  of
  such provisions upon 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
renewal.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire  and  be
deemed repealed June 1, 2014.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04715-01-3

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