senate Bill S1201A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Suspends hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil

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Jan 21, 2014 print number 1201a
amend and recommit to environmental conservation
Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 09, 2013 referred to environmental conservation

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S1201 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5592
2009-2010: S8129B

S1201 - 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:S1201

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
(hydro fracking).

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would suspend, until June 1, 2012, 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 permeability
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 I, 2014, 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 and any
other reports or analysis done on the environmental and health
impacts on effected communities.

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.

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:
2011-12 S.5592 - Referred to Environmental Conservation 2010:
A.11443-B - Rules (Sweeney) - Veto Memo 6837

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be deemed
repealed June 1, 2014.


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

                                  1201

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. 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, 2014.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04715-01-3

Co-Sponsors

S1201A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5592
2009-2010: S8129B

S1201A (ACTIVE) - 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:S1201A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to suspend hydraulic fracturing; and providing
for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit the issuance of new
gas and/or oil permits for well drilling that involves hydraulic
fracturing (hydro fracking).

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would suspend, for one year, 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 permeability 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 for one year 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 and any other reports or analysis done on
the environmental and health impacts on effected communities.

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. 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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.5592 - Referred to Environmental
Conservation 2010: A.11443-B - Rules (Sweeney) - Veto Memo 6837

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, and shall
expire and be deemed repealed one year after the effective date of
this act.

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

                                 1201--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  CARLUCCI, ADDABBO, AVELLA, ESPAILLAT, SQUADRON --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the  Committee  on  Environmental  Conservation  -- recommitted to the
  Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with Senate Rule
  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

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 one year after the effective date of this act.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04715-02-4

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