|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to environmental conservation|
|Apr 22, 2013||committee discharged and committed to rules|
|Mar 06, 2013||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S4046
Archive: Last Bill Status -
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S4046 - Details
- Law Section:
- Environmental Conservation
S4046 - Summary
Relates to high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing; requires the commissioner of environmental conservation to not proceed to finalize and publish the revised supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) prior to the expiration of a 24 month period following the effective date of this act or until the commissioner of health determines that the completion of the EPA and other studies deemed relevant by the commissioner of health have produced data sufficient to make a recommendation to DEC regarding the permitting of high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the state.
S4046 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S4046 TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing PURPOSE: To suspend high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York for 24 months or until the commissioner of Health determines that the completion of the studies deemed relevant by the commissioner of health have produced data sufficient to make a recommendation to DEC regarding the permitting of HVHF in the state, and until the completion of the United States Environmental Protection Agency "Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources" and the Geisinger Marcellus Shale Initiative. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill provides Legislative Findings. Section 2 of the bill stipulates that The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation shall not proceed to finalize and publish the revised SGEIS prior to the expiration of a 24 month period following the effective date of this act or until the commissioner of Health determines that the completion of the studies deemed relevant by the commissioner of health have produced data sufficient to make a recommendation to DEC regarding the permitting of
S4046 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4046 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E March 6, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. CARLUCCI, KLEIN, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ- mental Conservation AN ACT in relation to high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative Findings. The Legislature hereby finds and declares: 1. High volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) is a method of extracting natural gas from underground shale formations. The HVHF proc- ess typically includes the introduction of millions of gallons of frac- turing fluid - a mixture of water, proppants and chemicals - under high pressure into a previously drilled wellbore. 2. Studies related to the use of HVHF have shown that inadequate casing and concrete used to line the walls of the wellbore, as well as poor wastewater management practices, can result in the accidental release of fracturing fluid and methane into surface and groundwater. 3. For example, on November 4, 2009, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania department of environmental protection entered into a consent decree with Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, in which the department determined that several of Cabot's wells had excessive pressures and/or insuffi- cient or improper cemented casings that allowed methane gas to vent between or from behind various cemented casings to groundwater used as a source of drinking water. 4. In December 2011, the United States environmental protection agency (EPA) released a draft report entitled "Investigation of Ground Contam- ination near Pavillion, Wyoming," in which the agency determined that high concentrations of benzene, xylenes, and other hydrocarbons detected in groundwater samples indicate that pits previously used for the storage/disposal of drilling wastes and produced and flowback waters - related to the use of HVHF - were a source of the contamination. EPA EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09481-02-3
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