Ball: “Over my dead body” will NY have Pennsylvania’s fracking problems

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State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, is proposing legislation that would set up some rules and guidelines aimed at hydrofracking in New York state. Ball said he witnessed damage to private property during a tour of areas in Pennsylvania where hydrofracking for natural gas is occurring. His legislation is meant to protect property owners.

Among other things, Ball is calling for a 180-day comment period, which would be three times as long as the current 60 days now called for by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“I can tell you right now that the pain that I’ve seen here today, and the pain that I experienced first-hand speaking with families and farmers in Pennsylvania, it will be over my dead body before I allow what happened in Pennsylvania to happen here in New York,” said Senator Ball speaking at a recent hearing on hydrofracking in Katonah, N.Y.

The bill also includes the following:

Mandatory full disclosure of all chemicals used and compounds produced during the hydrofracking process. Requires oil and gas companies to inform New York State Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources what chemicals are injected, the source of water used, how much water was used, and whether any radiological components were injected, and their fate.

Mandatory water and soil testing by an official governmental third-party for presence of chemicals used by the fracturing process prior to drilling

All fracking companies must agree to sign a Presumption of Causation Agreement with the State of New York.

Mandatory full reimbursement to property owners by negligent fracking companies for 150% of the real estate’s market value of property, based on estimates prior to drilling, and 100% of the cost for full remediation of soil and water. The company will also be accountable for full reimbursement of the land owner’s legal fees.

Mandatory full remediation of soil and water, and free medical monitoring for life. All settlements are not to be taxed.
Allow local governments to enact or enforce certain laws and ordinances relating to oil, gas and solution mining.

Mandatory adherence to an environmental impact assessment process, similar to New York’s SEQR Process, to assess the impact to the environment from fracking.

Mandatory disclaimers and warning statements on lease documents about the risk of contamination of soil and water, as well as the potential health affects, related to fracking spills.

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    Dear Mr. President Obama, Gov. Cuomo
    and all people who should protect your voters and the nation!

    To allow immediately the extraction of natural gas at all places the DEC has already declared outside watersheds is the only way to save the future.
    The economy hits rock bottom, the cure is in your hands but you gave the power to a group of environmental extremists. They want a perfect regulation but that is impossible. Not one kind of industry is without risks, not now and not in future. They are talking about environmental impacts caused by natural gas drilling. But they cannot exhibit any evidence, not one. They are just playing for time to find a basement for the own unfounded pronouncements and theses. They are talking about methane in aqueducts. Nobody ask first the person who has drilled the water well on the farm whether it has hit any methane shale. Just for example.
    A lot of studies based on canards. That is a modern version of the inquisition.
    They do not see more than the own tunnel straight ahead.
    They will wait until the economic disaster is irreversible.
    The U.S. economy is down.
    Smaller companies will become insolvent, not just gas drillers.
    A lot more people will be unemployed. Maybe some small town will die.
    Infrastructures will be destroyed and the U.S. economy won’t be better.
    Alone the current official plan to balance the debt won’t be sufficient, on the contrary.
    Investors will be discouraged.
    Every child knows that you cannot expect to get juice from a dry pressed fruit.
    Certainly you can try other methods, from the other side or with more pressure, but it won’t work.
    You have to find another fruit to get juice.
    Your fruit is natural gas.
    So just take back the responsibility from the DEC and take action, before it is too late.
    Every day without natural gas drilling will be a month to repair the economic aftermath.