Last session, the moratorium bills became the bills that “moved” in committees and were the focus of discussion on hydrofracking.  This year, some of the bills that had been introduced, but not brought to a vote, have been re-introduced.  It is fairly simple to re-introduce a bill that has been introduced in previous years, either with or without small changes in wording.

Here are some bills that have been introduced this session.  The format is:

2011 bill #’s

2010 bill #’s

The Assembly website has not, as yet, been updated to include this year’s bill numbers.  Therefore, each bill is listed with 2010 bill numbers first– the link to the bill will be in this area for the Assembly.  Senate 2011 bill numbers are linked to the Senate’s website.

A2108/S893

S893-2011 (Kruegar)

A9414 (Lifton), “The Natural Gas Exploration and Extraction Liability Act of 2010”. It imposes strict liability for all damages shown to be caused by activities associated with hydrofracking techniques.

A3245

A10633 (Lifton) makes clear that local land use ordinances may                 dictate where oil, gas, and solution mining is allowed.

A3125/S2558

S2558-2011 (Seward)

A11494 (Lifton) rules and regs re: drilling, shall apply equally to all wells statewide.

A3140

A10090 (Sweeney) would prevent drillers from disposing drill cuttings on site.

A2922

A10091 (Sweeney) would require full-disclosure of fracking  chemicals and prohibit the use of chemicals that pose a risk to human health, including chemicals that are persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic, as defined by the EPA, or are mutagens.

A3579

A10292 (Sweeney) would increase bonding requirements and require permit applicants to submit an approved drilling use plan that includes water usage, fluid storage and disposal measures, a signed contract with a disposal facility, site-specific biological and water quality data and a comprehensive reclamation plan.

A4237

A1322 (Brennan), which establishes a moratorium on issuing new drilling permits for two years, allowing more time to study the effects of hydrofracking. We, in fact, have a de-facto moratorium,  as directed by the governor, until such time as the DEC finalizes the dSGEIS.

A1265

A6953 (Ortiz) that prohibits the use of toxic chemicals during the hydraulic fracturing process and mandates the use of non-toxic                  solutions based on citrus oils and other organic materials. Fracking               fluids currently used by energy companies contain diesel, benzene,                     toluene, xylene and other carcinogens and mutagens.

A2914 (Lupardo)

A10234 (Parment) establishes the NYS indigenous natural gas value added task force.

A3082

A10956 (Lupardo) relates to integrated royalty owners.

S786-2011 (Young) establishes a financial security fund for ng and oil producers.

S1234

S1234-2011 (Duane)/A8748  (Brennan) a comprehensive bill regulating several aspects of gas drilling, placing the cost and burden of mitigating any mistakes, contamination or damage on the  appropriate gas drilling company. It prohibits drilling within five  miles of the NYC and Delaware River watersheds or anywhere that is a recharge area of a sole source aquifer, requires the disclosure  of the chemicals in the fracking fluids, allows DEC to prohibit the use of certain chemicals, gives the DEC authority to impose fees  and/or require financial security to cover oversight, compensate local governments for costs due to drilling activity and to ensure  landowners are protected from liability, regulates water withdrawals, audits royalty payments and sets out certain requirements for DEC to include in the permitting process.

A3279

A9480 (Sweeney) Allows a person to institute an action for a violation of the provisions of the environmental quality review even if the injury does not affect the public at large.

 

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