senate Bill S6261

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Suspends hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil

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Jan 18, 2012 referred to environmental conservation

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S6261 - Bill Details

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A7400A
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S6261 - Bill Texts

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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 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
to issue permits until June 1, 2013, 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.

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; however, one of the biggest concerns is
water safety. The large withdrawals of water required for
hydrofracking could disrupt surface and ground water ecosystems. In
addition, improper management of drilling and hydrofracking chemicals
and drilling waste could pollute surface water and/or groundwater.

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:
2010: A.11443-B - Rules (Sweeney) - Veto Memo 6837
2011: A.7400 - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately and shall be
deemed repealed on June 1, 2013.

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                    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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