senate Bill S4220B

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of oil and gas

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May 01, 2012 print number 4220b
amend and recommit to environmental conservation
Jan 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
Dec 12, 2011 print number 4220a
amend (t) and recommit to environmental conservation
Mar 23, 2011 referred to environmental conservation

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S4220 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7218B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§23-0501 & 23-0305, add §17-0513, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A7218A

S4220 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of oil and gas; prohibits acceptance, disposal and/or processing of any fluid used in a hydraulic fracturing process.

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BILL NUMBER:S4220

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting
the use of hydraulic fracturing

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:
The purpose of this legislation
is to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing in the process of
drilling for natural gas and/or oil.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section
23-0501 of the environmental conservation law by adding a new
subparagraph 4 which defines "Hydraulic Fracturing" to mean
"fracturing of rock by man-made fluid-driven fracturing techniques
for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or oil well production".

Section 2 of the bill amends section 23-0305 of the environmental
conservation law by adding a new subdivision 15 to prohibit the
Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing any permit for
the drilling or operation of any well proposing to use hydraulic
fracturing or hydraulic fracturing fluids for the extraction of gas
and/or oil.

Section 3 of the bill amends subdivision 3 of section 23-0501 of the
environmental conservation law by renumbering it to subdivision 4 of
section 23-0501 and adds a new subdivision 3, paragraph a, to
prohibit the Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing
any permit for the drilling or operation of any well proposing to use
hydraulic fracturing or hydraulic fracturing fluids for the
extraction of gas and/or oil; and, paragraph b that defines hydraulic
fracturing as the fracturing of rock by man-made fluid-driven
fracturing techniques for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or
oil well production.

Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

As the price of oil continues its meteoric rise due to demand and
regional instability in oil producing nations, the cry for fuel
alternatives including natural gas gets louder. In addition, the need
for job creation becomes more imperative as New Yorkers try to
recover from the economic crises of recent years and the state
attempts to balance an out of control budget. Each of these mounting
concerns compels the State to utilize its large natural gas reserves
to alleviate these problems. Unfortunately, in our haste to find an
expedient and viable solution to these issues the State could easily
create a situation where we put our citizens at grave risk of harm

from an environmental disaster by expanding the use of hydraulic
fracturing methods of extracting natural gas and oil.

The extraction of natural gas and oil reserves using hydraulic
fracturing presents significant risk to the environment. This method
of natural gas and oil extraction utilizes water combined with
multiple chemical additives, some of which are toxic and have been
shown to be associated with public health risks such as cancer and
developmental delays. Unfortunately many companies involved in
drilling have been resistant to revealing which chemicals are
contained in their fracturing fluids, making it difficult for
communities to assess their risk due to drilling operations. There
are also additional chemical contamination risks posed by
transportation of chemicals to drilling sites and the storage of the
millions of gallons of used fluids that are produced through the
drilling process.

Most importantly, a large proportion of the state's drinking water
supplies come from areas located above the Utica and Marcellus Shale
geological formations where much of the state's natural gas reserves
exist. Use of hydraulic fracturing to extract these reserves
inherently creates a tremendous risk of contamination to the State's
drinking water supply and in turn risk of a significant public health
crisis affecting millions of people both upstate and downstate.

Moreover, communities located above the Utica and Marcellus Shales
would be further burdened by the construction of new roads to
accommodate drilling sites, increased traffic, and potential
decreases in air quality due to emissions from drilling operations.

The risk of catastrophic danger to the environment, especially the
state's drinking water supplies, as a result hydraulic fracturing far
outweighs the potential for job creation and promotion of a natural
gas alternative to oil. Therefore, the practice of hydraulic
fracturing should be banned throughout New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Yet to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  4220

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 23, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- 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
  prohibiting the use of hydraulic fracturing

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph b of subdivision 1  of  section  23-0501  of  the
environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 4
to read as follows:
  (4)  "HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING" SHALL MEAN FRACTURING OF ROCK BY MAN-MADE
FLUID-DRIVEN  FRACTURING  TECHNIQUES  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  STIMULATING
NATURAL GAS OR OIL WELL PRODUCTION.
  S  2. Section 23-0305 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
  15. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT ISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE DRILLING OR OPERA-
TION OF ANY WELL PROPOSING TO  USE  HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING  OR  HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING FLUIDS FOR THE EXTRACTION OF GAS AND/OR OIL.
  S  3.  Subdivision 3 of section 23-0501 of the environmental conserva-
tion law is renumbered subdivision 4 and a new subdivision 3 is added to
read as follows:
  3. A. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT ISSUE A  PERMIT  FOR  THE  DRILLING  OR
OPERATION OF ANY WELL PROPOSING TO USE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OR HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING FLUIDS FOR THE EXTRACTION OF GAS AND/OR OIL.
  B.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION "HYDRAULIC FRACTURING" SHALL MEAN
FRACTURING OF ROCK BY MAN-MADE FLUID-DRIVEN  FRACTURING  TECHNIQUES  FOR
THE PURPOSE OF STIMULATING NATURAL GAS OR OIL WELL PRODUCTION.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10073-01-1

Co-Sponsors

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S4220A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7218B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§23-0501 & 23-0305, add §17-0513, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A7218A

S4220A - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of oil and gas; prohibits acceptance, disposal and/or processing of any fluid used in a hydraulic fracturing process.

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BILL NUMBER:S4220A REVISED 12/13/11

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting
the use of hydraulic fracturing
and the disposal and/or processing of any fluid which was used in a
hydraulic fracturing process

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:
The purpose of this legislation
is to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing in the process of
drilling for natural gas and/or oil and to prohibit the disposal
and/or processing of hydrofracking fluids and drill cuttings.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section
23-0501 of the environmental conservation law by adding a new
subparagraph 4 which defines "Hydraulic Fracturing" to mean
"fracturing of rock by man-made fluid-driven fracturing techniques
for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or oil well production".

Section 2 of the bill amends section 23-0305 of the environmental
conservation law by adding a new subdivision 15 to prohibit the
Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing any permit for
the drilling or operation of any well proposing to use hydraulic
fracturing or hydraulic fracturing fluids for the extraction of gas
and/or oil.

Section 3 of the bill amends subdivision 3 of section 23-0501 of the
environmental conservation law by renumbering it to subdivision 4 of
section 23-0501 and adds a new subdivision 3, paragraph a, to
prohibit the Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing
any permit for the drilling or operation of any well proposing to use
hydraulic fracturing or hydraulic fracturing fluids for the
extraction of gas and/or oil; and, paragraph b that defines hydraulic
fracturing as the fracturing of rock by man-made fluid-driven
fracturing techniques for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or
oil well production.

Section 4 of the bill amends the environmental conservation law by
adding a new section 17-0513 to prohibit the acceptance, disposal
and/or processing of any fluid (including drill cuttings) used in a
hydraulic fracturing process. Drilling fluids include drilling mud,
chemical additives contained in or added to drilling fluids during
hydraulic fracturing process, flow back water and any other residual
liquids. Drill cuttings include solid products removed from the well
bore during an oil or gas well drilling operation.

Section 5 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
As the price of oil continues its meteoric rise due to demand and
regional instability in oil producing nations, the cry for fuel
alternatives including natural gas gets louder. In addition, the need
for job creation becomes more imperative as New Yorkers try to


recover from the economic crises of recent years and the state
attempts to balance an out of control budget. Each of these mounting
concerns compels the State to utilize its large natural gas reserves
to alleviate these problems. Unfortunately, in our haste to find an
expedient and viable solution to these issues the State could easily
create a situation where we put our citizens at grave risk of harm
from an environmental disaster by expanding the use of hydraulic
fracturing methods of extracting natural gas and oil.

The extraction of natural gas and oil reserves using hydraulic
fracturing presents significant risk to the environment. This method
of natural gas and oil extraction utilizes water combined with
multiple chemical additives, some of which are toxic and have been
shown to be associated with public health risks such as cancer and
developmental delays. Unfortunately many companies involved in
drilling have been resistant to revealing which chemicals are
contained in their fracturing fluids, making it difficult for
communities to assess their risk due to drilling operations.
There are also additional chemical contamination risks posed by
transportation of chemicals to drilling sites and the storage of the
millions of gallons of used fluids that are produced through the
drilling process.

Most importantly, a large proportion of the state's drinking water
supplies come from areas located above the Utica and Marcellus Shale
geological formations where much of the state's natural gas reserves
exist. Use of hydraulic fracturing to extract these reserves
inherently creates a tremendous risk of contamination to the State's
drinking water supply and in turn risk of a significant public health
crisis affecting millions of people both upstate and downstate.

Moreover, communities located above the Utica and Marcellus Shales
would be further burdened by the construction of new roads to
accommodate drilling sites, increased traffic, and potential
decreases in air quality due to emissions from drilling operations.

In addition, the state currently allows hydrofracking waste products,
including drill cuttings (pulverized rock) and drilling fluid, to be
dumped in our landfills, spread on our fields and roads and "treated"
in waste treatment facilities that are not necessarily equipped to
properly treat such materials. Much of this hydrofracking waste
includes low-level radioactive waste such as Ra-226 which is a known
carcinogen and is especially dangerous if inhaled or ingested. It is
not a stretch of the imagination to see that these waste products
could very easily find their way into local ground water directly
exposing people by ingestion of the water or by inhaling dust that
comes from local landfills or from roads and fields where it has been
spread.

A significant amount of this hydrofracking waste is being imported
from outside New York, primarily from neighboring Pennsylvania.
Trucks cross New York State borders on a daily basis carrying this
highly dangerous waste into our state and place many of our citizens
at great risk.

The risk of catastrophic danger to the environment, especially the
state's drinking water supplies, as a result hydraulic fracturing far


outweighs the potential for job creation and promotion of a natural
gas alternative to oil. Therefore, the both the practice of hydraulic
fracturing and the disposal and/or processing of hydrofracking fluids
and drill cuttings should be banned throughout New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Yet to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 4220--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 23, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  AVELLA,  ADAMS,  ADDABBO, CARLUCCI, DILAN, DUANE,
  ESPAILLAT, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HUNTLEY, KLEIN, KRUEGER, KRUGER, MONTGOM-
  ERY, OPPENHEIMER, PERKINS, RIVERA, SAMPSON, SAVINO, SERRANO, SQUADRON,
  STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and  when  printed  to  be
  committed  to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  prohibiting  the  use  of hydraulic fracturing and the disposal and/or
  processing of any fluid which was used in a hydraulic fracturing proc-
  ess

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Paragraph  b  of  subdivision 1 of section 23-0501 of the
environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 4
to read as follows:
  (4) "HYDRAULIC FRACTURING" SHALL MEAN FRACTURING OF ROCK  BY  MAN-MADE
FLUID-DRIVEN  FRACTURING  TECHNIQUES  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  STIMULATING
NATURAL GAS OR OIL WELL PRODUCTION.
  S 2. Section 23-0305 of the environmental conservation law is  amended
by adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
  15. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT ISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE DRILLING OR OPERA-
TION  OF  ANY  WELL  PROPOSING  TO USE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OR HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING FLUIDS FOR THE EXTRACTION OF GAS AND/OR OIL.
  S 3. Subdivision 3 of section 23-0501 of the  environmental  conserva-
tion law is renumbered subdivision 4 and a new subdivision 3 is added to
read as follows:
  3.  A.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  NOT ISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE DRILLING OR
OPERATION OF ANY WELL PROPOSING TO USE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OR HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING FLUIDS FOR THE EXTRACTION OF GAS AND/OR OIL.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10073-06-1

S. 4220--A                          2

  B. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS  SECTION  "HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING"  SHALL  MEAN
FRACTURING  OF  ROCK  BY MAN-MADE FLUID-DRIVEN FRACTURING TECHNIQUES FOR
THE PURPOSE OF STIMULATING NATURAL GAS OR OIL WELL PRODUCTION.
  S  4.  The  environmental  conservation law is amended by adding a new
section 17-0513 to read as follows:
S 17-0513. PROHIBITION ON ACCEPTANCE, DISPOSAL AND/OR PROCESSING OF  ANY
             FLUID USED IN A HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROCESS.
  1.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  PROVISION  OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE
CONTRARY, THE ACCEPTANCE, DISPOSAL AND/OR  PROCESSING  OF  ANY  DRILLING
FLUIDS  OR  DRILL  CUTTINGS  IN THIS STATE, WHEN SUCH DRILLING FLUIDS OR
DRILL CUTTINGS HAVE BEEN USED IN  A  HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING  PROCESS,  IS
PROHIBITED.
  2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL MEAN:
  (A)  "DRILLING  FLUIDS"  SHALL  MEAN  DRILLING MUD, CHEMICAL ADDITIVES
CONTAINED IN OR ADDED TO DRILLING FLUIDS DURING THE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
DRILLING PROCESS, FLOW BACK WATER THAT RETURNS TO THE SURFACE AFTER  THE
HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING PROCESS, OR ANY OTHER RESIDUAL LIQUIDS INVOLVED IN
DRILLING.
  (B) "DRILL CUTTINGS" SHALL MEAN SOLID PRODUCTS REMOVED FROM  THE  WELL
BORE DURING AN OIL OR GAS WELL DRILLING OPERATION.
  (C)  "HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING"  SHALL  MEAN  THE  FRACTURING  OF ROCK BY
MAN-MADE FLUID-DRIVEN FRACTURING TECHNIQUES FOR THE PURPOSE OF STIMULAT-
ING NATURAL GAS OR OIL WELL PRODUCTION.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

Co-Sponsors

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S4220B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7218B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§23-0501 & 23-0305, add §17-0513, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A7218A

S4220B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of oil and gas; prohibits acceptance, disposal and/or processing of any fluid used in a hydraulic fracturing process.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S4220B

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting
the use of hydraulic fracturing
and the disposal and/or processing of any fluid which was used in a
hydraulic fracturing process

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:
The purpose of this legislation
is to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing in the process of
drilling for natural gas and/or oil.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section
23-0501 of the environmental conservation law by adding a new
subparagraph 4 which defines "Hydraulic Fracturing" to mean
"fracturing of rock by man-made fluid-driven fracturing techniques
for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or oil well production.
Any fluid used in such a fracturing technique shall be deemed a
'hydraulic fracturing fluid', including water or liquid propane gas."

Section 2 of the bill amends section 23-0305 of the environmental
conservation law by adding a new subdivision 15 to prohibit the
Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing any permit for
the drilling or operation of any well proposing to use hydraulic
fracturing or hydraulic fracturing fluids for the extraction of gas
and/or oil.

Section 3 of the bill amends subdivision 3 of section 23-0501 of the
environmental conservation law by renumbering it to subdivision 4 of
section 23-0501 and adds a new subdivision 3, paragraph a, to
prohibit the Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing
any permit for the drilling or operation of any well proposing to use
hydraulic fracturing or hydraulic fracturing fluids for the
extraction of gas and/or oil; and, paragraph b that defines hydraulic
fracturing as the fracturing of rock by man-made fluid-driven
fracturing techniques for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or
oil well production.

Section 4 of the bill amends the environmental conservation law by
adding a new section 17-0513 to prohibit the acceptance, disposal
and/or processing of any fluid (including drill cuttings) used in a
hydraulic fracturing process.
Drilling fluids include drilling mud, chemical additives contained in
or added to drilling fluids during hydraulic fracturing process, flow
back water and any other residual liquids. Drill cuttings include
solid products removed from the well bore during an oil or gas well
drilling operation.

Section 5 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
As the price of oil continues its meteoric rise due to demand and
regional instability in oil producing nations, the cry for fuel


alternatives including natural gas gets louder. In addition, the need
for job creation becomes more imperative as New Yorkers try to
recover from the economic crises of recent years and the state
attempts to balance an out of control budget. Each of these mounting
concerns compels the State to utilize its large natural gas reserves
to alleviate these problems. Unfortunately, in our haste to find an
expedient and viable solution to these issues the State could easily
create a situation where we put our citizens at grave risk of harm
from an environmental disaster by expanding the use of hydraulic
fracturing methods of extracting natural gas and oil.

The extraction of natural gas and oil reserves using hydraulic
fracturing presents significant risk to the environment. This method
of natural gas and oil extraction utilizes water combined with
multiple chemical additives, some of which are toxic and have been
shown to be associated with public health risks such as cancer and
developmental
delays. There are also new proposals by some companies to use liquid
propane gas as a fracking agent - which has yet to receive any
serious study as to its safety or effectiveness and could prove to be
very dangerous.

Unfortunately many companies involved in drilling have been resistant
to revealing which chemicals are contained in their fracturing
fluids, making it difficult for communities to assess their risk due
to drilling operations. There are also additional chemical
contamination risks posed by transportation of chemicals to drilling
sites and the storage of the millions of gallons of used fluids that
are produced through the drilling process.

Most importantly, a large proportion of the state's drinking water
supplies come from areas located above the Utica and Marcellus Shale
geological formations where much of the state's natural gas reserves
exist. Use of hydraulic fracturing to extract these reserves
inherently creates a tremendous risk of contamination to the State's
drinking water supply and in turn risk of a significant public health
crisis affecting millions of people both upstate and downstate.

Moreover, communities located above the Utica and Marcellus Shales
would be further burdened by the construction of new roads to
accommodate drilling sites, increased traffic, and potential
decreases in air quality due to emissions from drilling operations.

In addition, the state currently allows hydrofracking waste products,
including drill cuttings (pulverized rock) and drilling fluid, to be
dumped in our landfills, spread on our fields and roads and "treated"
in waste treatment facilities that are not necessarily equipped to
properly treat such materials. Much of this hydrofracking waste
includes low-level radioactive waste such as Ra-226 which is a known
carcinogen and is especially dangerous if inhaled or ingested. It is
not a stretch of the imagination to see that these waste products
could very easily find their way into local ground water directly
exposing people by ingestion of the water or by inhaling dust that
comes from local landfills or from roads and fields where it has been
spread.


A significant amount of this hydrofracking waste is being imported
from outside New York, primarily from neighboring Pennsylvania.
Trucks cross New York State borders on a daily basis carrying this
highly dangerous waste into our state and place many of our citizens
at great risk.

The risk of catastrophic danger to the environment, especially the
state's drinking water supplies, as a result hydraulic fracturing far
outweighs the potential for job creation and promotion of a natural
gas alternative to oil. Therefore, the both the practice of hydraulic
fracturing and the disposal and/or processing of hydrofracking fluids
and drill cuttings should be banned throughout New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Yet to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 4220--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 23, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  AVELLA,  ADAMS,  ADDABBO, CARLUCCI, DILAN, DUANE,
  ESPAILLAT,  HASSELL-THOMPSON,  HUNTLEY,  KLEIN,  KRUEGER,  MONTGOMERY,
  OPPENHEIMER,  PERKINS,  RIVERA,  SAMPSON,  SAVINO,  SERRANO, SQUADRON,
  STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and  when  printed  to  be
  committed  to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee -- recommitted to  the  Committee  on  Environmental
  Conservation  in  accordance  with  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  prohibiting  the  use  of hydraulic fracturing and the disposal and/or
  processing of any fluid which was used in a hydraulic fracturing proc-
  ess

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Paragraph  b  of  subdivision 1 of section 23-0501 of the
environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 4
to read as follows:
  (4) "HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING"  MEANS  FRACTURING  OF  ROCK  BY  MAN-MADE
FLUID-DRIVEN  FRACTURING  TECHNIQUES  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  STIMULATING
NATURAL GAS OR OIL WELL PRODUCTION.  ANY FLUID USED IN SUCH A FRACTURING
TECHNIQUE SHALL BE DEEMED  A  "HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING  FLUID",  INCLUDING
WATER OR LIQUID PROPANE GAS.
  S  2. Section 23-0305 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
  15. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT ISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE DRILLING OR OPERA-
TION OF ANY WELL PROPOSING TO  USE  HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING  OR  HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING  FLUIDS,  AS  SUCH  TERMS ARE DEFINED BY SUBPARAGRAPH FOUR OF
PARAGRAPH B OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION 23-0501 OF THIS  ARTICLE,  FOR
THE EXTRACTION OF GAS AND/OR OIL.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10073-08-2

S. 4220--B                          2

  S  3.  Subdivision 3 of section 23-0501 of the environmental conserva-
tion law is renumbered subdivision 4 and a new subdivision 3 is added to
read as follows:
  3.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT ISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE DRILLING OR OPERA-
TION OF ANY WELL PROPOSING TO  USE  HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING  OR  HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING FLUIDS FOR THE EXTRACTION OF GAS AND/OR OIL.
  S  4.  The  environmental  conservation law is amended by adding a new
section 17-0513 to read as follows:
S 17-0513. PROHIBITION ON ACCEPTANCE, DISPOSAL AND/OR PROCESSING OF  ANY
             FLUID USED IN A HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROCESS.
  1.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  PROVISION  OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE
CONTRARY, THE ACCEPTANCE, DISPOSAL AND/OR  PROCESSING  OF  ANY  DRILLING
FLUIDS  OR  DRILL  CUTTINGS  IN THIS STATE, WHEN SUCH DRILLING FLUIDS OR
DRILL CUTTINGS HAVE BEEN USED IN  A  HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING  PROCESS,  IS
PROHIBITED.
  2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
  (A)  "DRILLING  FLUIDS"  SHALL  MEAN  DRILLING MUD, CHEMICAL ADDITIVES
CONTAINED IN OR ADDED TO DRILLING FLUIDS DURING THE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
DRILLING PROCESS, FLOW BACK WATER THAT RETURNS TO THE SURFACE AFTER  THE
HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING PROCESS, OR ANY OTHER RESIDUAL LIQUIDS INVOLVED IN
DRILLING.
  (B) "DRILL CUTTINGS" SHALL MEAN SOLID PRODUCTS REMOVED FROM  THE  WELL
BORE DURING AN OIL OR GAS WELL DRILLING OPERATION.
  (C)  "HYDRAULIC  FRACTURING"  SHALL  MEAN  THE  FRACTURING  OF ROCK BY
MAN-MADE FLUID-DRIVEN FRACTURING TECHNIQUES FOR THE PURPOSE OF STIMULAT-
ING NATURAL GAS OR OIL WELL PRODUCTION.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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