BREWSTER – State Senator Gregory Ball (R-Patterson) is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to tour Pennsylvania to see firsthand the impacts of hydrofracking on communities. At the same time, Ball is asking Cuomo to take steps to “protect New Yorkers from the potentially devastating effects” of fracking.
Ball hopes to build support for legislation he has proposed – the Property Owner’s Bill of Rights, which would include mandatory water and soil testing for the presence of chemicals used in the drilling process; would require fracking companies to sign a presumption of causation agreement with the state; would mandate full reimbursement to property owners by negligent gas companies for 150 percent of the real estate’s market value; would mandate full remediation of soil and water, and free medical monitoring for life; would allow local governments to enact or enforce laws and ordinances related to oil, gas and solution mining; and would mandate adherence to an environmental impact assessment process.
Ball plans on holding a media event next week to call further attention to the issue. (ARTICLE)