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Legislative Memo

BILL:

A.8784 (Sweeney)

Support

SUBJECT:

Water Testing when Drilling Gas and Oil Wells

 

DATE:

June 22, 2009

 

The Business Council opposes this legislation which would require permit holders to test groundwater before and after drilling oil or natural gas wells.

This legislation represents bad public policy for several reasons:

The Business Council fully understands the concerns of some who believe the process of extracting natural gas might negatively impact our natural resources.  However, there is no evidence to suggest the current methods do so. For these reasons, we oppose enactment of A.8784.