Three State Senators from New York City—Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), and Tony Avella (D-Bayside)—have banded together and introduced four Marcellus Shale drilling bills in hopes one or more of them will become law. Their ultimate aim? To ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing in New York State on claims it will pollute New York City’s water supplies.
Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti is planning for drilling to begin in New York State by drafting conditional road use agreements that drillers must sign before their trucks would be allowed on county roadways.
Supervisors from Kingston Township, PA (in Luzerne County) passed a new ordinance regulating oil and gas development in the Township (see embedded ordinance below). There is no current interest in drilling in the Township, but Supervisors said they wanted to be proactive and that there are some gas-related issues in the area, notably pipelines.