Monday, April 11, 2011

Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Bills

Hydraulic Fracturing Prohibition Bill (S.4220 Avella) This bill would prohibit the issuance of permits to frack any oil and gas wells. This bill in effect would ban fracking in New York State.

Clarify Applicability of Local Protections Over Natural Gas Development (A.3245 Lifton/ S.3472 Oppenheimer/ Bonacic) This bill clarifies that local governments retain the right to enact and enforce zoning laws. Many localities are passing restrictions on drilling and fracking — this bill would help ensure that these local protections are not overridden.

Close the Hazardous Waste Loophole for the Disposal of Drilling Fluids (A7013 Sweeney) Chemicals arrive at the drilling are classified as hazardous materials, federal and state exemptions allow drillers to treat the same drilling wastes leaving the site as standard industrial waste. This bill will update current regulations so that all resulting waste from natural gas drilling meets the definition of hazardous waste in New York State Law.

Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids (S.425 Krueger /A.2922 Sweeney) This bill mandates stronger regulation by the DEC of hydraulic fracturing fluids used for oil and gas drilling.

Prohibit Importation of Drilling Wastes into NYS (A300-A Maisel) This bill would prohibit importation of drilling fluids and drill cuttings until 120 days after the conclusion of the EPA study. Currently, tons of drill cuttings are being imported daily to local landfills in Chemung and Steuben Counties.
New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2011 (A5713 Englebright) This bill will enable the rapid and sustainable development of a robust solar power industry in New York State, creating a scalable, diverse and competitive solar energy market.

Look Before You Leap Act of 2011 (A.6541 Englebright) In case the ban bill does not pass, this bill will place a 5 year moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing in New York State, allowing policy makers to draw from unfolding drilling experiences in other states and study the long term impacts that drilling may have on our water, air and communities.

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