senate Bill S4046

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing

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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


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S4046 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation

S4046 (ACTIVE) - 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 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4046 (ACTIVE) - 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

                              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


  Section  1.  Legislative  Findings.  The  Legislature hereby finds and
  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.


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