Authorizes the creation of a geographic information system-based display to provide high-volume hydraulic fracturing information to the public; indicates the locations of permitted wells for hydraulic fracturing, the location of public water supply wells and intakes, and the stage of the hydraulic fracturing operation for each permitted well.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the creation of a geographic information system-based display to provide high-volume hydraulic fracturing information
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create a geographic information system-based display to provide high-volume hydraulic fracturing information.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 provides that the department shall establish a geographic information system-based display, which shall indicate the locations of permitted wells for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). the location of public water supply wells and intakes, and the stage of the HVHF operation for each permitted well; including, but not limited·to, the approximate percentage of the required water for HFHV fluid that has been accessed and stored on site, whether HVHF is in progress, and whether gas is being collected. Such information shall be updated weekly and shall be publicly accessible on the department's website,
Section 2 provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: High-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) operations in New York should be transparent and subject to public scrutiny. The most effective way to provide information to the public is through geographic information systems (GIS), which presents geographically reference data in a user-friendly format. The department already uses GIS to provide certain information regarding oil and gas operations in New York state. This bill would require the department to disclose additional information concerning HVHF activities including the location of drill sites and public water supply wells and intakes, as well as the stage of the drilling process.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or
regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on it effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6894 IN SENATE April 4, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, SALAND -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the creation of a geographic information system-based display to provide high-volume hydraulic fracturing information THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 23-0309 of the environmental conservation law is renumbered section 23-0315 and a new section 23-0309 is added to read as follows: S 23-0309. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM-BASED DISPLAY. 1. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ESTABLISH A GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM-BASED DISPLAY, WHICH SHALL INDICATE THE LOCATIONS OF PERMITTED WELLS FOR HIGH-VOLUME HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, THE LOCATION OF PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY WELLS AND INTAKES, AND THE STAGE OF THE HIGH-VOLUME HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATION FOR EACH PERMITTED WELL; INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE APPROXIMATE PERCENTAGE OF THE REQUIRED WATER FOR HYDRAULIC FRAC- TURING FLUID THAT HAS BEEN ACCESSED AND STORED ON SITE, WHETHER HIGH-VO- LUME HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IS IN PROGRESS, AND WHETHER GAS IS BEING COLLECTED. 2. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE UPDATED WEEKLY AND SHALL BE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE. 3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "HIGH-VOLUME HYDRAULIC FRACTURING" OR "(HVHF)" MEANS HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FOR NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION USING GREATER THAN THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE WELL IS VERTICAL, DIRECTIONAL OR HORIZONTAL. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen- tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14124-04-2