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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to environmental conservation|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S24
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S24 - Details
S24 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S24 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the regulation of the drilling of natural gas resources PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure that the exploitation of shale natural gas resources is conducted in a manner that is consistent with and supportive of New York State's commitment to sustainability, and is consistent with other state economic development, energy and environmental policies. SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill sets out the legislative intent. Section 2 adds a new Title 29 to Article 23 of the environmental conservation law entitled "Regulation of Natural Gas Drilling," It prohibits the drilling for natural gas within the NYC watershed or anywhere within 5 miles of its boundaries. It further prohibits drilling within the Delaware River watershed or anywhere that is a recharge area of a sole source aquifere. Where gas drilling is allowed it is to be done in such a way as to protect drinking water. If there shall be contamination of water wells, there is a presumption that the natural gas driller is responsible unless they can show by clear and convincing evidence that they are not the
S24 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 24 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) 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 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 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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