A05424 Summary:

BILL NO    A05424A

SAME AS    SAME AS S04236-A

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

MLTSPNSR   Aubry, Buchwald, Crespo, Hevesi, Lavine, Magnarelli, Nolan, 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

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A05424 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A5424A

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 and to require the completion of a comprehensive health impact
assessment.

Summary  Of  Specific Provisions:   This bill would suspend, until May
15, 2015, the issuance of permits for natural gas  extraction  in  low
permeability  natural  gas  reservoirs such as the Marcellus and Utica
shale formations and would  require  a  school  of  public  health  to
conduct  a comprehensive health impact assessment complete with public
comment and review.

Justification:  The potential development of natural gas  drilling  in
low  permeability  natural  gas  reservoirs  such as the Marcellus and
Utica Shale formations has led to robust debate regarding  the  safety
of the process and the protection of the environment.

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 and will provide the opportunity for the  completion  of  a
comprehensive  health  impact  assessment.  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:    This  is  a  new  bill,  but  similar
legislation, A.11443-B - Rules (Sweeney), was vetoed in 2010.

Fiscal Implications For State And Local Governments:  None.

Effective Date:  This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  be
deemed repealed on May 15, 2015.

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