senate Bill S6772

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires a health impacts assessment for horizontal gas drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing

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Mar 20, 2012 referred to environmental conservation


S6772 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S336
2015-2016: S902
2017-2018: S1460

S6772 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires a health impact assessment for horizontal gas drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing; imposes a moratorium on such activities pending adoption and implementation of the final health impact assessment.

S6772 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6772 (ACTIVE) - 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

                             March 20, 2012

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

AN ACT to require a health impacts assessment for horizontal gas  drill-
  ing and high-volume hydraulic fracturing; and imposing a moratorium on
  such  activities  pending  adoption  and  implementation  of the final
  health impacts assessment;  and  providing  for  the  repeal  of  such
  provisions upon the expiration thereof


  Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that the
people of the state of New York should be properly informed of  any  and
all potential public health impacts posed by horizontal gas drilling and
high-volume  hydraulic  fracturing  and  their  related activities. Such
analysis and information should serve as a tool for the people and their
representatives to make informed decisions regarding actions to be taken
with respect to horizontal gas drilling and high-volume hydraulic  frac-
turing activities in the state.
  S 2. A School of Public Health within the State University of New York
(hereinafter  "the  School of Public Health") shall conduct a comprehen-
sive health impacts assessment, following a  model  recommended  by  the
United  States  Centers  For  Disease  Control  and  Prevention  and the
National Academy of Sciences, to examine potential public health impacts
that could be caused by horizontal gas drilling and high-volume  hydrau-
lic  fracturing and related activities conducted in connection with such
  S 3. Prior to the commencement  of  research,  the  School  of  Public
Health shall prepare a scoping document that will establish the scope of
assessments  to  be  made  by the health impacts assessment. The scoping
document shall include the required analyses contained in  this  act  as
well  as  any  other  potential  analyses  to be conducted, and shall be
subject to public review, comment and revision.
  S 4. Such health impacts assessment shall include, at a  minimum,  the
following analyses:
  (a) Identification and assessment of potential localized and statewide
health  impacts  from  horizontal gas drilling and high-volume hydraulic
fracturing, extraction and related activities in the state;


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