senate Bill S24

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the regulation of the drilling of natural gas resources

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 09, 2013 referred to environmental conservation


S24 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 23 Title 29 ยงยง23-2901 - 23-2913, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1234
2009-2010: S6244

S24 - Summary

Relates to the regulation of the drilling of natural gas resources.

S24 - Sponsor Memo

S24 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2013

Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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
  regulation of the drilling of natural gas resources


  Section 1. Legislative intent. 1. The legislature finds that the proc-
ess  used  to  stimulate natural gas extraction referred to as hydraulic
fracturing utilizes components that are often toxic, that are non-biode-
gradable, and that are virtually impossible to remove  once  they  enter
the  natural environment.  Thus, they pose such a high level of environ-
mental risk that the policy of the state must  be  to  insure  they  are
excluded  from  any  area  that is significant for public drinking water
resources or any other area that is environmentally sensitive.
  2. Natural gas drilling is potentially highly transformative of  rural
landscapes, offering economic benefits to many landowners, but threaten-
ing  the  property  values  of other local landowners, traditional rural
economic activity, the carrying capacity of  local  infrastructure,  the
natural  habitat  of wildlife, and the public health and quality of life
of residents in areas where  there  is  natural  gas  extraction  taking
place.  Unless these resources are protected in the permitting and regu-
latory processes of the state, the costs of Marcellus shale natural  gas
extraction  will  exceed  the  benefits  and natural gas extraction will
become a fundamentally unfair and divisive process in which the  profits
of some are subsidized by the costs to others.
  3.  The proposed scope of natural gas drilling across the state of New
York will present  unprecedented  challenges  of  regulatory  oversight.
Funding for such oversight must be sufficient to meet this challenge and
should  come  from  a  series  of fees paid by the natural gas industry.
Similarly, the natural gas industry should pay for all other costs asso-

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


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