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 - Details

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Law Section:
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

S6261 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            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

AN  ACT to suspend hydraulic fracturing; and providing for the repeal of
  such provisions upon expiration thereof


  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
  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deemed repealed June 1, 2013.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.


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