NY Sen. Ball - Demands CuomoTour PA; See Firsthand Devastating Effects of Fracking

October 17, 2011 - 10:00am
NY Sen. Ball
Mt. Kisco Village Hall
104 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco , NY 10549
United States
Phone: 845-200-9716


Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is holding a news conference next week where he will demand Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately tour Pennsylvania to see firsthand the devastation hydraulic fracturing can have on communities. The Senator is imploring the Governor to take steps to protect New Yorkers from the potentially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing.

The news conference comes on the heels of the Governor’s refusal to further extend the public comment period on hydrofracking. Senator Ball hopes to rally the public, the legislature and the Governor to support a key piece of legislation he created that will set tough, new standards for safe hydrofracking in New York.

The Property Owner’s Bill of Rights (S5879) [3] includes the following measures:

* Mandatory water and soil testing by an official governmental third-party for presence of chemicals used during 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 gas 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 hydraulic fracturing.
* 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 hydraulic fracturing spills.

Senator Ball is also demanding the Governor and his colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly tour Pennsylvania communities that have been impacted by hydrofracking before they allow the industry to step foot in New York. In August, Senator Ball joined Oscar-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox [4] for a tour of Bradford County, Pennsylvania where he witnessed first-hand the impacts that hydrofracking can have on communities.

Senator Ball also held a hearing [5] in Katonah, N.Y. where he heard from leading experts on the issue. The Senator invited representatives from the oil and gas industry to testify at that hearing, but all invitations were declined.