Bill Text: NY A06904 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Prohibits the use of toxic fracking solutions during hydraulic fracturing.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-25 - referred to environmental conservation [A06904 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06904-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 25, 2019
        Introduced  by  M. of A. ORTIZ, COLTON, ZEBROWSKI, LIFTON, GLICK, MOSLEY
          -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental  Conserva-
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
          prohibiting the use of certain fracking solutions
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
     2  new section 23-0505 to read as follows:
     3  § 23-0505. Hydraulic  fracturing;  prohibition   on   certain   fracking
     4               solutions.
     5    1.  For  purposes  of this section, the following terms shall have the
     6  following meanings:
     7    a. "fracking solution" shall mean a substance  used  during  hydraulic
     8  fracturing which is injected into rock formations surrounding oil or gas
     9  deposits  in  order  to expand the rock and facilitate the extraction of
    10  oil or gas; and
    11    b. "hydraulic fracturing" shall mean a process used  to  create  frac-
    12  tures  that  extend  from a borehole into rock formations to increase or
    13  restore the rate at which oil or gas may be produced from a well.
    14    2. On and after the effective  date  of  this  section,  every  person
    15  granted  a  well permit pursuant to section 23-0501 of this title shall,
    16  during hydraulic fracturing, use  only  fracking  solution  composed  of
    17  natural  and  organic materials. No fracking solution containing diesel,
    18  benzene, ethibenzene, toluene, xylene, or any other substance determined
    19  by the commissioner to be toxic shall be used during hydraulic  fractur-
    20  ing on or after such date.
    21    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    22  it shall have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.