Senate Bill S4720

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to oil and gas drilling in Allegany state park

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  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2011-S4720 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A393
Law Section:
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §13.31, Pks & Rec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A11093

2011-S4720 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to oil and gas drilling in Allegany State Park.

2011-S4720 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2011-S4720 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4720

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 15, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation

AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law,  in
  relation to oil and gas drilling in Allegany state park

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

  Section 1. The parks, recreation  and  historic  preservation  law  is
amended by adding a new section 13.31 to read as follows:
  S  13.31  OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN ALLEGANY STATE PARK.  1. LEGISLATIVE
FINDINGS AND DECLARATION. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES THAT  ALLE-
GANY  STATE  PARK  HARBORS  UNIQUE  AND IRREPLACEABLE NATURAL AND SCENIC
RESOURCES AND PROVIDES AN EXTENSIVE VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL  AND  EDUCA-
TIONAL  OPPORTUNITIES  FOR  NEW YORK RESIDENTS AND VISITORS. THE PARK IS
LOCATED IN A GEOLOGICALLY DISTINCT, UNGLACIATED AREA WITH UNIQUE TERRES-
TRIAL, FRESHWATER AND OLD GROWTH FOREST ECOSYSTEMS THAT WARRANT  SPECIAL
PROTECTION,  AND  IS  HOME  TO  NUMEROUS RARE, THREATENED AND ENDANGERED
SPECIES OF PLANTS AND WILDLIFE. THE PARK'S SIXTY-FIVE THOUSAND ACRES ARE
THE LARGEST TRACT OF INTACT, UNFRAGMENTED FOREST  LAND  IN  THE  WESTERN
HALF  OF  THE STATE, INCLUDING MATURE SECOND-GROWTH AS WELL AS EXTENSIVE
OLD-GROWTH FORESTS. THESE FEATURES ARE AN INVALUABLE  AND  IRREPLACEABLE
PART  OF  THE  STATE'S  NATURAL HERITAGE WHICH THE STATE IS OBLIGATED TO
PRESERVE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
  THE LEGISLATURE FURTHER FINDS AND DECLARES THAT A UNIQUE  CIRCUMSTANCE
EXISTS  IN  ALLEGANY STATE PARK WHEREBY PRIVATE ENTITIES CONTROL SUBSUR-
FACE OIL AND GAS RIGHTS BENEATH PORTIONS OF THE PARK. OWNERSHIP OF  SUCH
SUBSURFACE OIL AND GAS RIGHTS WAS SEVERED AND RETAINED IN PRIVATE OWNER-
SHIP  PRIOR  TO THE ACQUISITION AND CREATION OF THE PARK BY THE STATE OF
NEW YORK IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY.  IT  IS  THE  PURPOSE  OF  THIS
SECTION  TO ENSURE THAT ANY EXPLORATION, DRILLING, OR PRODUCTION ASSOCI-
ATED WITH PRIVATELY-CONTROLLED OIL AND GAS RIGHTS WITHIN ALLEGANY  STATE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00398-04-1
              

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