A05424 Summary:

BILL NO    A05424B

SAME AS    SAME AS S04236-B

SPONSOR    Sweeney (MS)

COSPNSR    Silver, Farrell, Lifton, Gottfried, Weisenberg, Colton, Brennan,
           Glick, Cymbrowitz, O'Donnell, Jaffee, Kavanagh, Zebrowski, Abinanti,
           Otis, Englebright, Dinowitz, Markey, Paulin, Millman, Jacobs, Cook,
           Miller, Robinson, Galef, Braunstein, Scarborough, Clark, Perry,
           Roberts, Hooper, Kellner, Cahill, Rosenthal, Peoples-Stokes, Rozic,
           Brindisi, Ortiz, Skartados, Steck, Sepulveda, Weprin, Fahy, Gunther,
           Russell, Skoufis, Rodriguez

MLTSPNSR   Aubry, Bronson, Buchwald, Crespo, Hevesi, Lavine, Lentol, Magnarelli,
           Nolan, Rivera, Ryan, Schimel, Simanowitz, Thiele, Titone, Weinstein



Suspends the issuance of permits for drilling wells for natural gas extraction
in certain areas.
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A05424 Votes:

A05424A03/06/2013 103/40
AbbateYClarkYGanttYKavanagYMcKevitNORaiaNOSolagesY
AbinantYColtonYGarbariNOKearnsYMcLaughNORamosYStecNO
ArroyoYCookYGibsonYKellnerYMillerYReilichNOSteckY
AubryYCorwinNOGiglioNOKimYMillmanYRiveraERStevensY
BarclayNOCrespoYGjonajYKolbNOMontesaNORobertsYStirpeY
BarrettYCrouchNOGlickYLalorNOMorelleYRobinsoYSweeneyY
BarronERCurranYGoldfedYLavineYMosleyYRodriguERTediscoNO
BenedetYCusickYGoodellNOLentolYMoyaYRosaYTenneyNO
BlankenNOCymbrowYGottfriYLiftonYNojayNORosenthYThieleY
BorelliNODenDekkYGrafNOLope PDNONolanYRozicYTitoneY
BoylandYDinowitYGuntherYLope VJEROaksNORussellYTitusY
BraunstYDiPietrNOHawleyNOLosquadERO'DonneYRyanYWalterNO
BrennanYDupreyNOHeastieYLupardoYOrtizYSaladinNOWeinsteY
BrindisYEnglebrYHennessYLupinacNOOtisYSantabaYWeisenbY
BronsonYEspinalYHevesiYMageeYPalmesaNOScarborYWeprinY
Brook-KYFahyYHikindNOMagnareYPaulinYSchimelYWrightY
BuchwalYFarrellYHooperYMaiselYPeoplesYSchimmiNOZebrowsY
ButlerNOFinchNOJacobsYMalliotNOPerryYSepulveYMr SpkrY
CahillYFitzpatERJaffeeYMarkeyYPretlowYSimanowY
CamaraYFriendNOJohnsYMayerYQuartYSimotasY
CastroERGabryszYJordanNOMcDonalYRaNOSkartadY
CerettoYGalefYKatzNOMcDonouNORabbittNOSkoufisY

A05424B06/16/2014 96/37
AbbateYCorwinNOGlickYLavineYNolanYRozicYTitusY
AbinantYCrespoYGoldfedYLentolYOaksNORussellYWalterNO
ArroyoYCrouchNOGoodellNOLiftonYO'DonneYRyanYWeinsteY
AubryYCurranYGottfriYLopezNOOrtizERSaladinERWeisenbER
BarclayNOCusickYGrafNOLupardoYOtisYSantabaYWeprinY
BarrettYCymbrowYGuntherYLupinacNOPalmesaNOScarborYWrightY
BenedetYDavilaYHawleyNOMageeYPalumboNOSchimelYZebrowsY
BlankenNODenDekkYHeastieYMagnareYPaulinYSchimmiNOMr SpkrY
BorelliNODinowitYHennessYMalliotNOPeoplesYSepulveY
BraunstYDiPietrNOHevesiYMarkeyYPerryYSimanowY
BrennanYDupreyNOHikindNOMayerYPichardYSimotasY
BrindisYEnglebrYHooperYMcDonalYPretlowYSkartadY
BronsonYFahyYJacobsYMcDonouNOQuartYSkoufisY
Brook-KYFarrellYJaffeeYMcKevitNORaNOSolagesY
BuchwalYFinchNOJohnsNOMcLaughNORaiaNOStecNO
ButlerERFitzpatNOKatzNOMillerYRamosYSteckY
CahillYFriendNOKavanagYMillmanYRiveraYStirpeY
CamaraYGalefYKearnsYMontesaNORobertsYSweeneyY
CerettoYGanttYKellnerABMorelleYRobinsoYTediscoNO
ClarkYGarbariNOKimYMosleyYRodriguYTenneyER
ColtonYGiglioNOKolbNOMoyaYRosaYThieleY
CookYGjonajNOLalorERNojayNORosenthYTitoneY

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A05424 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A5424B

TITLE OF BILL:  An act suspending the issuance of permits for the
drilling of wells for natural gas extraction in certain areas; and
providing for the repeal of such provision upon expiration thereof

Purpose Or General Idea Of Bill:

The purpose of this bill is to impose a moratorium on the issuance of
certain natural gas drilling permits.

Summary Of Specific Provisions:

This bill would prohibit horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic
fracturing for natural gas or oil drilling for three years.

Justification:

High volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) is a method of
extracting natural gas from underground shale formations. The HVHF
process typically includes the introduction of millions of gallons of
fracturing fluid - a mixture of water, proppants and chemicals - under
high pressure into a previously drilled wellbore. Oil and gas
development utilizing HVHF involves the use and/or production of
numerous toxic and hazardous air and water contaminants, a number of
them known or suspected carcinogens. Oil and gas development utilizing
HVHF has also been associated with a range of adverse environmental
impacts, including impacts to water and air quality, land and habitat,
and community character. Oil and gas development utilizing HVHF has
also been associated with a range of reported impacts to human health,
including respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological and immune system
ailments, as well as birth defects.  Only recently, however, has the
scientific community begun to examine more comprehensively the
potential public health impacts associated with oil and gas
development utilizing HVHF.

A number of the most recently published scientific papers relating to
the potential health impacts associated with oil and gas development
utilizing HVHF suggest reasons for concern. For example, recent
studies in Colorado and Pennsylvania have indicated an increased risk
of birth defects for children born to mothers living in close
proximity to natural gas wells. In addition, researchers in Colorado
have found increased levels of air and water pollutants that have been
shown to pose risks to human health, as well as increased risk of
cancer and endocrinological disorders, within close proximity to gas
wells.

The people of the state of New York should be properly informed of any
and all potential public health impacts posed by horizontal gas
drilling utilizing HVHF and their related activities. Such analysis
and information should serve as a tool for the people and their
representatives to make informed decisions regarding actions to be
taken with respect to horizontal gas drilling and HVHF activities in
the state. There are currently a number of important and potentially
significant health impact studies underway that may produce
information that will allow for better informed decision making
regarding horizontal gas drilling and HVHF activities in New York.


For example, key studies are being undertaken by Geisinger Health
System (in Pennsylvania), the University of Pennsylvania Center for
Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, Colorado State University, the
University of Colorado at Boulder and Duke University, as well as by
the federal Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry and the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Most of these
studies are not expected to produce meaningful results for a period of
three or more years.

Delaying the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) ability
to issue permits will provide the Legislature with additional time to
assess the true public health and environmental impacts of hydraulic
fracturing. This bill will also help ensure the Legislature has
adequate time to review DEC's Supplemental Generic Environmental
Impact Statement (SGEIS) once it is produced. Such a moratorium will
allow for a thorough, deliberate and unrushed analysis of all of the
factors involved.

Prior Legislative History:

2013: A.5424-A (Sweeney) - Passed the Assembly.

Fiscal Implications For State And Local Governments:

None.

Effective Date:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed thirty-six
months after enactment.
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