senate Bill S6894

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Authorizes the creation of a geographic information system-based display to provide high-volume hydraulic fracturing information

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Apr 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation

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S6894 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10209
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §23-0309, En Con L

S6894 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the creation of a geographic information system-based display to provide high-volume hydraulic fracturing information to the public; indicates the locations of permitted wells for hydraulic fracturing, the location of public water supply wells and intakes, and the stage of the hydraulic fracturing operation for each permitted well.

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BILL NUMBER:S6894

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the creation
of a geographic information system-based display to provide high-volume
hydraulic
fracturing information

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To create a geographic information
system-based display to provide high-volume hydraulic fracturing
information.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 provides that the department shall establish a geographic
information system-based display, which shall indicate the locations
of permitted wells for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). the
location of public water supply wells and intakes, and the stage of
the HVHF operation for each permitted well; including, but not
limited·to, the approximate percentage of the required water for HFHV
fluid that has been accessed and stored on site, whether HVHF is in
progress, and whether gas is being collected. Such information shall
be updated weekly and shall be publicly accessible on the
department's website,

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
High-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) operations in New York should
be transparent and subject to public scrutiny. The most effective way
to provide information to the public is through geographic
information systems (GIS), which presents geographically reference
data in a user-friendly format. The department already uses GIS to
provide certain information regarding oil and gas operations in New
York state. This bill would require the department to disclose
additional information concerning HVHF activities including the
location of drill sites and public water supply wells and intakes, as
well as the stage of the drilling process.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one
hundred
twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or

regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on it
effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.

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

                                  6894

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 4, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. GRISANTI, SALAND -- 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 the
  creation of a geographic information system-based display  to  provide
  high-volume hydraulic fracturing information

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

  Section 1. Section 23-0309 of the environmental  conservation  law  is
renumbered section 23-0315 and a new section 23-0309 is added to read as
follows:
S 23-0309. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM-BASED DISPLAY.
  1.   THE   DEPARTMENT   SHALL   ESTABLISH   A  GEOGRAPHIC  INFORMATION
SYSTEM-BASED DISPLAY, WHICH SHALL INDICATE THE  LOCATIONS  OF  PERMITTED
WELLS FOR HIGH-VOLUME HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, THE LOCATION OF PUBLIC WATER
SUPPLY  WELLS  AND  INTAKES,  AND THE STAGE OF THE HIGH-VOLUME HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING OPERATION FOR EACH PERMITTED WELL; INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO, THE APPROXIMATE PERCENTAGE OF THE REQUIRED WATER FOR HYDRAULIC FRAC-
TURING FLUID THAT HAS BEEN ACCESSED AND STORED ON SITE, WHETHER HIGH-VO-
LUME HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IS IN  PROGRESS,  AND  WHETHER  GAS  IS  BEING
COLLECTED.
  2.  SUCH  INFORMATION  SHALL  BE  UPDATED WEEKLY AND SHALL BE PUBLICLY
ACCESSIBLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.
  3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "HIGH-VOLUME HYDRAULIC FRACTURING" OR
"(HVHF)" MEANS HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FOR  NATURAL  GAS  EXTRACTION  USING
GREATER  THAN  THREE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  GALLONS  OF WATER REGARDLESS OF
WHETHER THE WELL IS VERTICAL, DIRECTIONAL OR HORIZONTAL.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or
before such effective date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14124-04-2

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