County of Putnam
Local Law #3 of 2013
(Passed at the March 6, 2013 Full Legislature Meeting)
A Local Law Adding a New Chapter 172 to the Putnam County Code in Relation to the
Sale, Application and Disposal of Waste Associated with Natural Gas Exploration and
Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the County of Putnam as follows:
A New Chapter 172 is hereby added to the Code of Putnam County to read as follows:
§172.03. Provision to be included in Bids and Contracts related to the
Construction or Maintenance of County Roads.
§172.04. Duty of Employees to be Familiar with this Chapter.
§172.06. Recommendation to other municipalities within Putnam County.
Section 172.01. Definitions.
1. As used in this Chapter the term “hydraulic fracturing” shall mean the
fracturing of shale formations by man-made fluid-driven techniques for the
purpose of stimulating natural gas or other subsurface hydrocarbon
2. As used in this Chapter the term “natural gas extraction activities” shall mean
all geologic or geophysical activities related to the exploration for or extraction
of natural gas or other subsurface hydrocarbon deposits, including, but not
limited to, core and rotary drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
3. As used in this Chapter the term “natural gas waste” shall mean any waste
which is generated as a result of natural gas extraction activities, which may
consist of water, chemical additives, or naturally occurring radioactive
materials (“NORMs”) and heavy metals. Natural gas waste includes, but is not
limited to, leachate from solid wastes associated with natural gas extraction
4. As used in this Chapter the term “application” shall mean the physical act of
placing or spreading natural gas waste.
Section 172.02. Prohibitions.
1. The introduction of natural gas waste into any wastewater treatment facility
within the County of Putnam which is either privately operated or operated by
the County of Putnam is prohibited.
2. (a) The sale of natural gas waste within the County of Putnam is
(b) The application of natural gas waste on any County road or privately
owned real property located within the County of Putnam is
Section 172.03. Provision to be Included in Bids and Contracts related to the
Construction or Maintenance of County Roads.
1. All bids and contracts related to the purchase or acquisition of materials to be
used to construct or maintain a County road shall include a provision stating
that no materials containing natural gas waste shall be provided to the County.
2. All bids and contracts related to the retention of services to construct or
maintain a County road shall include a provision stating than no materials
containing natural gas waste shall be utilized in providing such a service.
Section 172.04. Duty of Employees to be Familiar with this Chapter.
The County Executive or, at the County Executive’s option, any Department Head or
Commissioner appointed by the County Executive is authorized to develop policies to
ensure County employees are familiar with the provisions of this Chapter and take such
steps as are directed by the County Executive or such Department Head or
Commissioner to ensure a diligent effort by the County that materials supplied to the
County or used on County roads or property comply with this law. This Section shall not
excuse non-compliance by a Contractor or Vendor of the County.
Section 172.05. Penalties.
Any violation of Section 172.02 of this Chapter shall be an unclassified misdemeanor
punishable by a fine not to exceed $25,000.00 per violation and/or up to thirty days’
imprisonment. Each sale and/or application of natural gas waste shall constitute a
separate and distinct violation.
Section 172.06. Recommendation to other municipalities within Putnam
The Clerk of the Putnam County Legislature shall forward a copy of this Chapter
to the chief executive and the legislative body of each and every municipal
corporation located within the boundaries of Putnam County. Each municipality
within Putnam County is encouraged to adopt similar prohibitions with respect to
its roads and/or properties as are contained herein.
Section 172.07. Severability.
If any clause, sentence, subparagraph, subsection or section of this Chapter shall be
held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, or the application of this Chapter to
any person or set of circumstances shall be held invalid, such invalidity or judgment
shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its
operation to the clause, sentence, subparagraph, subsection, or operation of this
Chapter directly involved in the controversy in which the judgment shall have been
rendered. To further this end, the provisions, of this chapter are hereby declared to be
This Local Law shall take effect in sixty days.