Town of New Hartford, NY
Oneida County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of New Hartford 11-14-2012 by L.L. No. 10-2012. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Excavations — See Ch. 62.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 101.

§ 83-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Natural Gas Exploration and Extraction" law.

§ 83-2 Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
NATURAL GAS
Any gaseous substance, either combustible or noncombustible, which is produced in a natural state from the earth and which maintains a gaseous or rarified state at standard temperature and pressure conditions, and/or gaseous components or vapors occurring in or derived from petroleum or other hydrocarbons.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM EXPLORATION
Geologic or geophysical activities related to the search for natural gas, petroleum or other subsurface hydrocarbons, including prospecting, geophysical and geologic seismic surveying and sampling techniques, which include but are not limited to core or rotary drilling or making an excavation in the search and evaluation of natural gas, petroleum, or other subsurface hydrocarbon deposits.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION MATERIALS
Any solid, semisolid, liquid, semiliquid or gaseous material used in the exploration or extraction of natural gas.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM EXTRACTION
The digging or drilling of a well for the purposes of exploring for, developing or producing natural gas, petroleum or other subsurface hydrocarbons.
NATURAL GAS AND/OR PETROLEUM SUPPORT ACTIVITIES
The construction, use, or maintenance of a storage or staging yard, a water or fluid injection station, a water or fluid gathering station, a natural gas or petroleum storage facility, or a natural gas or petroleum gathering line, venting station, or compressor associated with the exploration or extraction of natural gas or petroleum.
NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION AND/OR PETROLEUM WASTES
Any garbage, refuse, cuttings, sludge, flow-back fluids, produced waters or other discarded materials, including solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material that results from or is associated with the exploration, drilling or extraction of natural gas and/or petroleum.

§ 83-3 Prohibited uses.

A. 
Prohibition against the exploration for an extraction of natural gas and/or petroleum. No land in the Town shall be used to conduct any exploration for natural gas and/or petroleum, to drill any well for natural gas and/or petroleum; to transfer, store, process or treat natural gas and/or petroleum; or to dispose of natural gas and/or petroleum exploration or production wastes; or to erect any derrick, building, or other structure; or to place any machinery or equipment for any such purposes.
B. 
Prohibition against the storage, treatment and disposal of natural gas and/or petroleum exploration and production materials. No land in the Town shall be used for the storage, transfer, treatment and/or disposal of natural gas and/or petroleum exploration and production materials.
C. 
Prohibition against the storage, treatment and disposal of natural gas and/or petroleum exploration and production wastes. No land in the Town shall be used for the storage, transfer, treatment and/or disposal of natural gas and/or petroleum exploration and production wastes.
D. 
Prohibition against natural gas and/or petroleum support activities. No land in the Town shall be used for natural gas and/or petroleum support activities.