senate Bill S1234

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the regulation of the drilling of natural gas resources

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
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S1234 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 23 Title 29 ยงยง23-2901 - 23-2913, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:

S1234 - Summary

Relates to the regulation of the drilling of natural gas resources.

S1234 - Sponsor Memo

S1234 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 6, 2011

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

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation  to  the
  regulation of the drilling of natural gas resources


  Section 1. Legislative intent. 1. The legislature finds that the proc-
ess used to stimulate natural gas extraction referred  to  as  hydraulic
fracturing utilizes components that are often toxic, that are non-biode-
gradable,  and  that  are virtually impossible to remove once they enter
the natural environment.  Thus, they pose such a high level of  environ-
mental  risk  that  the  policy  of the state must be to insure they are
excluded from any area that is significant  for  public  drinking  water
resources or any other area that is environmentally sensitive.
  2.  Natural gas drilling is potentially highly transformative of rural
landscapes, offering economic benefits to many landowners, but threaten-
ing the property values of other  local  landowners,  traditional  rural
economic  activity,  the  carrying capacity of local infrastructure, the
natural habitat of wildlife, and the public health and quality  of  life
of  residents  in  areas  where  there  is natural gas extraction taking
place. Unless these resources are protected in the permitting and  regu-
latory  processes of the state, the costs of Marcellus shale natural gas
extraction will exceed the benefits  and  natural  gas  extraction  will
become  a fundamentally unfair and divisive process in which the profits
of some are subsidized by the costs to others.
  3. The proposed scope of natural gas drilling across the state of  New
York  will  present  unprecedented  challenges  of regulatory oversight.
Funding for such oversight must be sufficient to meet this challenge and
should come from a series of fees paid  by  the  natural  gas  industry.
Similarly, the natural gas industry should pay for all other costs asso-
ciated  with  natural  gas extraction. Otherwise, natural gas extraction

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


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