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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to environmental conservation|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S31
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S31 - Details
S31 - Summary
Establishes a moratorium on the issuance of permits for the drilling of wells and prohibits drilling within ten miles of the New York city water supply infrastructure.
S31 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S31 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to environmental protection related to the drilling of oil and gas wells, and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit any permits for oil or gas drilling to be issued by DEC for two years. Furthermore the bill would permanently prohibit any such drilling within ten miles of the New York City watershed or water supply infrastructure; or any other water system that has received a filtration avoidance determination from the US EPA. No drilling would be allowed in any area overlying a sale source aquifer; any other area that DEC identifies for protection of drinking water; critical habitats for threatened or endangered species or a "natural heritage area as defined by law; any other area identified by the DEC as a bird conservation area or critical bird habitat; floodplains; or all areas with NYS park, forest preserve, state forest, wildlife refuge, wildlife management area or wilderness area. The DEC would determine by regulation how much of a buffer would be placed around these areas. Furthermore, a municipality, as requested by either the chief executive or legislative body, has the right to apply to the DEC to study the need for a ban within its
S31 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 31 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 envi- ronmental protection related to the drilling of oil and gas wells, and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 23-0501 of the environmental conservation law is renumbered subdivision 5 and two new subdivisions 3 and 4 are added to read as follows: 3. COMMENCING WITH THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THERE SHALL BE A MORATORIUM ON THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS FOR THE DRILLING OF NEW WELLS. 4. (A) NO PERMIT TO DRILL AN OIL OR GAS WELL USING HYDRAULIC FRACTUR- ING SHALL BE ISSUED FOR THE DRILLING OF ANY OIL OR GAS WELL WITHIN TEN MILES OF: (I) THE NEW YORK CITY WATER SUPPLY INFRASTRUCTURE; (II) THE NEW YORK CITY WATERSHED; OR (III) THE AREA AROUND AND INCLUDING ANY WATER SYSTEM THAT HAS RECEIVED, AT ANY POINT IN TIME, A FILTRATION AVOIDANCE DETERMINATION FROM THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY; (B) NO PERMIT TO DRILL AN OIL OR GAS WELL USING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING SHALL BE ISSUED FOR THE DRILLING OF ANY OIL OR GAS WELL WITHIN AN APPRO- PRIATE DISTANCE, TO BE DETERMINED BY RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT, OF: (I) ANY AREA OVERLYING A SOLE SOURCE AQUIFER; (II) ANY OTHER AREA IDENTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS NECESSARY FOR THE PROTECTION OF DRINKING WATER RESOURCES; (III) ANY AREA IDENTIFIED AS A CRITICAL HABITAT FOR A THREATENED OR ENDANGERED SPECIES UNDER SECTION FOUR OF THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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