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November 2013 - A bill to ban the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, until 2025 is making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature. The Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources has approved a bill that would create a 10-year moratorium on the technique. The bill H.3796 accompanies three other bills, which limit hydraulic fracturing in Massachusetts, details below.

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Bill H.3796
188th (Current)

An Act to protect our drinking water from hydraulic fracturing

SECTION 1. Section 26A of chapter 21 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding, after the definition of “Effluent limitation,” the following definition:-

“Fluid,” means any material or substance which flows or moves whether in semi-solid, liquid, sludge, gas, or any other form or state.

SECTION 2. Said section 26A of said chapter 21, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding, after the definition of “FWPCA,” the following definitions:-

“Gas,” means all natural gas, whether hydrocarbon or nonhydrocarbon, including hydrogen sulfide, helium, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen, casinghead gas, and all other fluid hydrocarbons not defined as oil.

“Hydraulic fracturing,” means the process of pumping a fluid into or under the surface of the ground in order to create fractures in rock for the purpose of the production or recovery of oil or gas.

“Oil,” means crude petroleum, oil, and all hydrocarbons, regardless of specific gravity, that are in the liquid phase in the reservoir and are produced at the wellhead in liquid form.

“Oil and gas,” means oil and gas collectively, or either oil or gas, as the context may require to give effect to the purposes of this chapter.

SECTION 3. Said section 26A of said chapter 21, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting in the definition of “Pollutant” after the word “effluent,” in line 36, the following words:-

“hydraulic fracturing fluid,”

SECTION 4. Section 27 of said chapter 21, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting, after clause 13, in line 83, the following new clause:-

(14) Enforce prohibitions on drilling, waste treatment and disposal, and mining activities which have been enacted to protect the water quality and the natural resources of the commonwealth.

SECTION 5. Chapter 21 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 39 the following section:-

Section 39A. (a) For the period beginning January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2024, no person may engage in hydraulic fracturing in the commonwealth.

(b) For the period beginning January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2024, no person may collect, store, treat, or dispose of wastewater hydraulic fracturing fluid, wastewater solids, drill cuttings or other byproducts from hydraulic fracturing within the commonwealth.

SECTION 6. Section 42 of said chapter 21, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “commonwealth,” in line 3, the following words:-

“or into an injection well or into a treatment works in the commonwealth.”

Actions for Bill H.3796
Date Branch Action
11/27/2013 House Reported from the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
11/27/2013 House New draft of H695, H707 and H788
11/27/2013 House Bill reported favorably by committee and referred to the committee on House Ways and Means

Sponsors:
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Status: Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H3796
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Bill H.695
188th (Current)

An Act preventing the disposal of hydraulic fracturing wastewater

Bill H.695

SECTION 1. Section 43 of chapter 21 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after paragraph 10 the following paragraph:-

(11) (a) “Hydraulic fracturing” Hydraulic fracturing” means the process of pumping a fluid into or under the surface of the ground in order to create fractures in a geologic formation for the purpose of the production or recovery of oil or gas.

(b) No person shall be permitted to collect, store, dispose of, or treat wastewater from hydraulic fracturing.

Actions for Bill H.695
Date Branch Action
1/22/2013 House Referred to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
1/22/2013 Senate Senate concurred
9/26/2013 Joint Hearing scheduled for 09/26/2013 from 10:00 AM-04:00 PM in A-1
11/19/2013 Joint Hearing scheduled for 11/20/2013 from 04:30 PM-05:00 PM in B-2
11/27/2013 House Accompanied a new draft, see H3796

By Ms. Ehrlich of Marblehead, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 695) of Lori A. Ehrlich and others relative to hydraulic fracturing wastewater. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Sponsors: Lori A. Ehrlich

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H695/History
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Bill H.707
188th (Current)

An Act to regulate hydraulic fracturing

SECTION 1. Section 43 of chapter 21 of the general laws is hereby amended by inserting the following paragraph (11):

(i)Definitions

“Hydraulic fracturing” shall mean a stimulation technique for the extraction of natural gas involving the pumping of hydraulic fracturing fluid, possibly with a proppant, into a shale formation to create fractures to increase formation permeability and productivity.

“Class II injection wells” shall mean wells used to inject fluids:

(a) which are brought to the surface in connection with oil or natural gas production and that may be commingled with wastewater from gas plants as an integral part of production operations, unless those waters are classified as hazardous waste at the time of injection;

(b) for enhanced recovery of oil or natural gas; and

(c) for storage of hydrocarbons that are liquid at standard temperature and pressure.

“Toxic chemicals” shall mean

(1) chemicals that the federal Environmental Protection Agency deems reportable pursuant to the Toxic Release Inventory program established under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 and the federal Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, all as may be from time to time amended;

(2) chemicals known to cause or that can reasonably be anticipated to cause in humans (i) cancer or teratogenic effects, or (ii) serious or irreversible reproductive dysfunctions, neurological disorders, heritable genetic mutations, or other chronic health effects;

(3) chemicals known to cause or that can reasonably be anticipated to cause significant adverse acute human health effects at concentration levels that are reasonably likely to exist within or beyond drilling site boundaries as a result of repeated or frequently recurring fluid injections or releases.

(4) chemicals known to cause or can be reasonably anticipated to cause a significant adverse effect on the environment; and

(5) any other persistent, bioaccumulative, carginogenic, or toxic chemicals, including but not limited to methanol, ethylene glycol, diesel, naphthalene, xylene, hydrogen chloride (hydrochloric acid), toluene, ethylbenzene, diethanolamine, formaldehyde, sulfuric acid, thiourea, benzyl chloride, cumene, nitrilotriacetic acid, dimethyl formamide, phenol, benzene, di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, acrylamide, hydrogen fluoride (hydrofluoric acid), phthalic anhydride, acetaldehyde, acetophenone, copper, ethylene oxide, lead, propylene oxide, and p-xylene.

(ii) No person shall construct, install, operate, or maintain a Class II injection well in connection with hydraulic fracturing.

(iii) No person shall use toxic chemicals in connection with the extraction of natural gas.

Actions for Bill H.707
Date Branch Action
1/22/2013 House Referred to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
1/22/2013 Senate Senate concurred
9/26/2013 Joint Hearing scheduled for 09/26/2013 from 10:00 AM-04:00 PM in A-1
11/19/2013 Joint Hearing scheduled for 11/20/2013 from 04:30 PM-05:00 PM in B-2
11/27/2013 House Accompanied a new draft, see H3796

By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 707) of Sean Garballey and others for legislation to further regulate the use of hydraulic fracturing to stimulate the extraction of natural gas. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Sponsors: Sean Garballey

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H707/History
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Bill H.788
188th (Current)

An Act to protect our drinking water from hydraulic fracturing

Chapter 21 of the General Laws, 2008 edition, is hereby amended:

SECTION 1) § 26A. Definitions The following definitions are added: after line 27: “Fluid,” any material or substance which flows or moves whether in semi-solid, liquid, sludge, gas, or any other form or state.

“Gas,” all natural gas, whether hydrocarbon or nonhydrocarbon, including hydrogen sulfide, helium, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen, casinghead gas, and all other fluid hydrocarbons not defined as oil.

“Hydraulic fracturing,” the process of pumping a fluid into or under the surface of the ground in order to create fractures in rock for the purpose of the production or recovery of oil or gas.

“Oil,” crude petroleum, oil, and all hydrocarbons, regardless of specific gravity, that are in the liquid phase in the reservoir and are produced at the wellhead in liquid form.

“Oil and gas,” both oil and gas, or either oil or gas, as the context may require to give effect to the purposes of this chapter. in line 36 of the definition of “pollutant,” after the phrase, “heated effluent,” add the phrase, “hydraulic fracturing fluid,”

SECTION 2) in § 27 add, after line 83, a new subsection:

(14) enforce prohibitions on drilling, waste treatment and disposal, and mining activities which have been enacted to protect the water quality and the natural resources of the commonwealth

SECTION 3) adds a new section:

39A: Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil or Gas Recovery: Prohibition

(a) No person may engage in hydraulic fracturing in the commonwealth.

(b) No person may collect, store, treat, or dispose of wastewater hydraulic fracturing fluid, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings or other byproducts from hydraulic fracturing within the commonwealth.

SECTION 4) Section 42 is amended by adding, in line 3, after the phrase “the commonwealth,” “or into an injection well or into a treatment works in the commonwealth.”

Actions for Bill H.788
Date Branch Action
1/22/2013 House Referred to the committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
1/22/2013 Senate Senate concurred
9/26/2013 Joint Hearing scheduled for 09/26/2013 from 10:00 AM-04:00 PM in A-1
11/19/2013 Joint Hearing scheduled for 11/20/2013 from 04:30 PM-05:00 PM in B-2
11/27/2013 House Accompanied a new draft, see H3796

By Representatives Provost of Somerville and Kocot of Northampton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 788) of Denise Provost and others for legislation to to protect drinking water from hydraulic fracturing. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Sponsors:
Denise Provost
Peter V. Kocot

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H788/History

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