New York State – The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking comment on its 1,537 page review and proposed regulations for drilling and fracking in the state of New York until January 11, 2012. Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes to put an end to the moratorium by next year as the DEC finalizes new regulations for the state. Two legislative bills on hydrofracking were considered by the legislature, however, the State Assembly passed an extension of the current moratorium through June of 2012.
Below is a breakdown of individual regulations by county:
Albany – A recent bid to override Mayor Jerry Jennings’ veto of a citywide ban on gas drilling fell only one vote short of the 10-vote threshold for an override at the December 5 Council meeting. The final vote was 9 – 5. However, the gas industry has deemed it an unlikely are a for drilling, as Albany does not sit atop the Marcellus Shale. The city does sit above the Utica Shale, which will be the a future target for the industry.
Allegany – The town of Alfred has become the first town in Allegany County to enact a moratorium on drilling. Nile has also recently been added to the list of banned drilling sites in New York State.
Broome – Currently there is a ban on hydrofracking on county land. Waste restrictions for fracking cuttings and flow back water have been established.
Cayuga – The city of Auburn is banning natural gas drilling wastewater from its treatment plant and will no longer accept water from natural gas wells.
Columbia – Lebanon town board members adopted a memorializing resolution that calls on New York State Legislature and the Governor to repeal and reform compulsory integration laws in the State of New York that currently govern natural gas development.
Cortland – The town of of Virgil has banned drilling in much of its aquifer protection district.
Dutchess – Falls under the New York State moratorium. Local activist groups are trying to get legislation passed regarding the banning of all hydrofracking.
Erie – Buffalo has banned hydrofracking and wastewater disposal within the city. The town of Wales has adopted a community rights ordinance which bans fracking, which establishes a Bill of Rights for Wales residents and “recognizes and secures certain civil and political rights of the residents to govern themselves and protect themselves from harm to their persons, property and environment.
Franklin – Falls under the New York State moratorium. Local meetings are being held as to the status of the drilling.
Genesee – Falls under the New York State moratorium. Efforts are being made to push for a lift on the ban.
Monroe – Brighton became the first municipality in the county to take a position on hydrofracking, calling for a statewide moratorium.
New York City – Has called on the US Congress to remove hydrofrack drilling’s exemption from the Safe Water Drinking Act
Oneida – Kirkland has adopted a one year moratorium on hydrofracking. New Hartford has adopted a six month moratorium on hydrofrack drilling fro natural gas.
Onondaga – The county has enacted a ban on hydrofracking on county-owned land as well as banning natural-gas drilling wastewater from its treatment plant and will no longer accept water from natural gas wells. The town of Camillus prohibits exploration of land for natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The Skaneateles Town Board has initiated plans for a ban within the township. The city of Syracuse may soon join the cities and townships that have banned hydrofracking. The towns of Dewitt, Tully and Marcellus have all enacted moratoria laws.
Ontario – Ontario County has enacted a ban on hydrofracking on county-owned land. The town of Geneva has enacted a law banning fracking within the municipality. Gorham has enacted a moratorium ordinance.
Otsego – The towns that ring Cooperstown’s reservoir, Otsego Lake – Middlefield, Otsego, Butternuts and Cherry Valley – are moving to ban or restrict natural gas drilling and high-volume hydrofracking. Middlefield has banned heavy industry including gas drilling. Springfield has adopted local laws prohibiting heavy industry, including gas drilling. Cooperstown’s Chamber of Commerce has issued a position statement supporting a total ban on fracking. The Common Council of Oneonta voted to ban all forms of natural gas drilling within city limits. The Otsego Town Board clarified a long-standing prohibition against heavy industry, including natural gas drilling, in the town’s land use law, including revisions to the land-use law that strengthens a ban on natural gas drilling and hydrofracking within the town. The law now specifies while the removal of gravel, rock, stone, sand, fill, topsoil or unconsolidated materials has been allowed,
extraction of natural gas and petroleum is not permitted. The town of Cherry Valley passed a comprehensive zoning law effectively outlawing new gas drilling and gas processing facilities.
Steuben – Local groups and officials are in the process of holding meetings regarding the future of natural gas drilling in the county.
Sullivan –The Sullivan County Supreme Court has permanently enjoined Cabot Oil from “exploring, drilling, producing and marketing oil and natural gas and other hydrocarbons” within a residential subdivision in the Sullivan County town of Tusten. Tusten and the town of Lumberland are rewriting their comprehensive plans to prohibit heavy industrialization. Sullivan county has also enacted a ban on fracking and a moratorium on drilling on county-owned land. The town of Highland has a six month moratorium while their Comprehensive Management Plan is rewritten to explicitly prohibit heavy industrial uses and adopt a zoning ordinance.
Tompkins – The Town of Ulysses established “industrial zones” attempting to restrict the negative impact of drilling in their water supply. They became the 3rd town in Tompkins County to ban fracking. They also banned the storage of natural gas. Tompkins County has enacted a ban on fracking on county land. They also passed a law requiring any company involving “high-frequency, high impact truck traffic” to obtain a permit and pay for any road damage. Residents have launched a petition drive designed to ban the use of high-volume, slick water hydraulic fracturing in Caroline. A petition drive resulted in the Dryden Town Board unanimously passing a resolution to ban fracking. Danby has passed a unanimous ban. The Ithaca Town Board has amended the town’s zoning law to become the first municipality in Tompkins County to ban gas drilling within its borders.
Westchester – The Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Inc. has sued the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in New York State Supreme Court to declare High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State Forests contrary to the New York State Constitution and applicable environmental laws.
Yates – Yates County resolution unanimously passed calls for similar protection treatment of their watershed as that in NYC and Syracuse watersheds. The town of Torrey has passed a resolution to draft a moratorium. The Village of Penn Yan will not accept any hydrofracking wastewater for processing at the village wastewater treatment plant. The Town of Jerusalem enacted a moratorium ordinance for their entire township. The one-year moratorium begins when the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement relating to the extraction of natural gas by the process of high-volume hydraulic fracturing now under review by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is finalized.
Ulster – The County has banned hydrofrack drilling on county owned lands.