|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 18, 2012||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S6261
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
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S6261 - Details
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- Environmental Conservation
S6261 - Summary
Suspends hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil; suspends the issuance of new permits for such drilling.
S6261 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S6261 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 (hydrofracking). SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would suspend, until June 1, 2013, 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 permeabiiity 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
S6261 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6261 I N S E N A T E January 18, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sens. BALL, 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, 2013. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11076-05-2
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