senate Bill S4045A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the natural gas exploration and extraction liability act of 2014

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Jan 24, 2014 print number 4045a
amend (t) and recommit to environmental conservation
Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
Mar 06, 2013 referred to environmental conservation

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S4045 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A846A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 23 Title 29 §§23-2901 - 23-2911, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S893, A2108
2009-2010: S7377, A9414

S4045 - Summary

Establishes the natural gas exploration and extraction liability act of 2014.

S4045 - Sponsor Memo

S4045 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4045

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 6, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- 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
  natural gas exploration and extraction liability act of 2013

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

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the natural gas exploration and extraction liability act of 2013.
  S  2.  Legislative findings. 1. The legislature finds that the process
used to stimulate natural gas extraction  referred  to  as  high  volume
hydraulic  fracturing,  also known as "hydro fracturing" and "fracking,"
utilizes components that are often toxic,  that  are  non-biodegradable,
and  that are virtually impossible to remove once they enter the natural
environment. Among the chemicals used  are  volatile  organic  compounds
such  as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene. Many of the chemi-
cals used in this process are federally listed hazardous substances, and
there is only minimal data about the rest. Many of these hazardous chem-
icals are known carcinogens and others can cause other life  threatening
illnesses.  As  a  result  of the air and water pollution caused by such
exploration and extraction operations people are  exposed  to  endocrine
disrupting  agents that can cause kidney, liver, heart, blood, and brain
damage.
  2. High volume hydraulic fracturing requires the construction of large
well pads (up to five acres) to  support  the  large  number  of  trucks
delivering  the  fracking chemicals, water trucks, pump trucks and other
equipment. Such  massive  scale  industrial  activity  causes  excessive
noise,  disturbs  underground  water  formations,  vibrates  surrounding
structures, and can result in earthquakes. Millions of gallons  of  this
chemically-laced  water  returns  to  the surface laden with salt, heavy
metals and radioactive elements. This wastewater is often stored in open
pits until transported for ultimate disposal. Wildlife and farm  animals
that  have  mistaken  these  pits for freshwater ponds have been killed.
Chemicals may evaporate from these pits, contributing to air  pollution.
Leaks  and  spills  of fracking chemicals from the trucks and waste pits

S4045A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A846A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 23 Title 29 §§23-2901 - 23-2911, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S893, A2108
2009-2010: S7377, A9414

S4045A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the natural gas exploration and extraction liability act of 2014.

S4045A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4045A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 4045--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 6, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- 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  commit-
  tee

AN  ACT  to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the
  natural gas exploration and extraction liability act of 2014

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the natural gas exploration and extraction liability act of 2014.
  S 2. Legislative findings. 1. The legislature finds that  the  process
used  to  stimulate  natural  gas  extraction referred to as high volume
hydraulic fracturing, also known as "hydro fracturing"  and  "fracking,"
utilizes  components  that  are often toxic, that are non-biodegradable,
and that are virtually impossible to remove once they enter the  natural
environment.  Among  the  chemicals  used are volatile organic compounds
such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene. Many of the  chemi-
cals used in this process are federally listed hazardous substances, and
there is only minimal data about the rest. Many of these hazardous chem-
icals  are known carcinogens and others can cause other life threatening
illnesses. As a result of the air and water  pollution  caused  by  such
exploration  and  extraction  operations people are exposed to endocrine
disrupting agents that can cause kidney, liver, heart, blood, and  brain
damage.
  2. High volume hydraulic fracturing requires the construction of large
well  pads  (up  to  five  acres)  to support the large number of trucks
delivering the fracking chemicals, water trucks, pump trucks  and  other
equipment.  Such  massive  scale  industrial  activity  causes excessive
noise,  disturbs  underground  water  formations,  vibrates  surrounding

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01228-02-4

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