The Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee met, and acted on four hydrofracking bills:
- The Home Rule bill was referred to the Rules Committee– a necessary next step before heading to the Assembly floor for a vote. This one, with its bipartisan-supported same-as in the Senate, S3472, appears to be on the move.
- Sweeney’s bill prohibiting the use of carcinogenic substances in frack fluid and requiring full disclosure of all substances used in frack fluid, A2922, was reported out of committee to the Codes Committee. The Senate same-as S425, sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger, was defeated in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee back in April, but, sometimes this time of year, there will be a similar-but-not-quite-the-same bill introduced by a majority member…. stay tuned on that.
- Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton’s Strict Liability Bill, A2108, was reported out of committee and sent to Codes. The Senate same-as, S893, also sponsored by Senator Krueger, was referred to the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee in January, but has, as yet, not been acted upon.
- A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, A3628— with no co-sponsors and no Senate same-as bill– was held for consideration by the committee. At this point in the session, that may mean that there is some interest in the bill and that it may be picked up, perhaps in a slightly altered form, by a majority member for sponsorship. The bill would require compensation of compulsorily-integrated landowners at the same rate as neighboring leaseholders (without signing bonus), and would thus reduce the pressure for landowners to sign leases.