STATE OF NEW YORK
Cal. No. 245
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
May 3, 2011
Introduced by M. of A. SWEENEY, SILVER, FARRELL, LIFTON, JAFFEE, ZEBROW-
SKI, COLTON, ABINANTI, WEISENBERG, BRENNAN, GOTTFRIED, KELLNER,
P. RIVERA, ENGLEBRIGHT, DINOWITZ, MARKEY, PAULIN, MILLMAN, JACOBS,
COOK, M. MILLER, ROSENTHAL, ROBINSON, CASTELLI, GALEF, KAVANAGH,
O'DONNELL, CAHILL, BRAUNSTEIN, SCARBOROUGH, CYMBROWITZ,
PEOPLES-STOKES, MOYA, SIMOTAS, CLARK, PERRY -- Multi-Sponsored by --
M. of A. AUBRY, DenDEKKER, GIBSON, GLICK, LATIMER, LAVINE, MAGEE,
MAISEL, McENENY, SCHIMEL, THIELE, TITONE, WEINSTEIN -- read once and
referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- advanced to
a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place on
the order of third reading
AN ACT to suspend hydraulic fracturing; and providing for the repeal of
such provisions upon expiration thereof
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. There is hereby established a suspension of the issuance of
2 new permits for the drilling of a well which utilizes the practice of
3 hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of stimulating natural gas or oil
4 in low permeability natural gas reservoirs, such as the Marcellus and
5 Utica shale formations.
6 The purpose of such suspension shall be to afford the state and its
7 residents the opportunity to continue the review and analysis of the
8 effects of hydraulic fracturing on water and air quality, environmental
9 safety and public health.
10 For the purposes of this section, "hydraulic fracturing" shall mean
11 the fracturing of rock by fluid for the purpose of stimulating natural
12 gas or oil for any purpose.
13 This section shall not apply to permits issued prior to the effective
14 date of this act which utilize hydraulic fracturing that are subject to
16 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be
17 deemed repealed June 1, 2013.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.