June 10, 2013

Oppose Assembly Bill 4202-A

Right now a bill is moving through the New York State Assembly that would bring more fracked natural gas to New York and threaten our safety. This bill exempts natural gas storage facilities from key rules that were put in place for our protection, endangering New York citizens and making our state even more attractive to companies that want to frack here.

Can you call Speaker Silver's office right now at 877-386-0172 to tell him to protect New Yorkers from the dangers of natural gas and kill Assembly Bill 4202-A?

If it passes, this bill would mean more fracked natural gas will travel to New York, while increasing the demand for natural gas production (fracking) right here in our state. It also protects an industry with a bad track record for safety. In 1973, an explosion at a natural gas storage facility killed 37 people. This tragic accident ought to remind us why we need oversight in the first place—after all, natural gas has not become any less explosive. 

Be sure to call/write to your NY State Assembly representative as well to express strong opposition to giving any exemptions to the gas industry.  They must be held responsible and accountable for any actions within our state.


A04202 Text:
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
4202--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y February 1, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. CAMARA, KOLB, SCHIMMINGER, STIRPE, PALMESANO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

 AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to amending the liquefied natural and petroleum gas act to exempt the storage and transportation of small quantities of liquefied natural gas

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
2 new section 23-1706 to read as follows:
3 S 23-1706. EXEMPTIONS.
4 THIS ACT SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS FACILITY WITH A
 5 COMBINED STORAGE CAPACITY OF FORTY THOUSAND GALLONS OR LESS THAT IS
6 LOCATED OUTSIDE OF ANY CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE,
7 PROVIDED THAT THE FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES
8 SHALL COMPLY WITH NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION CODES AND
9 STANDARDS APPLICABLE TO THE STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL
10 GAS.
11 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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