Relates to the description of fuel gas transmission lines.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to the description of fuel gas transmission lines
PURPOSE: To guarantee fuel gas transmission lines of all pressures are regulated, inspected, and mapped by the Public Service Commission.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 2 of section 120 of the public service law to change the description of fuel gas transmission line to include transmission lines of any pressure used to transport fuel gas.
Section 2 establishes an effective date of thirty days after the act shall have become law and directs the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of the act on or before such effective date
JUSTIFICATION: In light of the push to develop the Marcellus and other shales, many landowners, farmers, environmental advocates and others have expressed concerns over the lack of oversight of fuel gas transmissions lines. Currently, low pressure transmission lines (lines with pressure of 124 pounds per square inch (psi) or less) are not regulated, inspected, or mapped in any systematic way. By changing the description of fuel gas transmission line in the public service law, this bill will require the Public Service Commission to assume oversight of these low-pressure lines as they currently have over transmission lines with pressures over 124 psi.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 30 days after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5730 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to the description of fuel gas transmission lines THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 120 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 538 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows: 2. "Major utility transmission facility" means: (a) an electric trans- mission line of a design capacity of one hundred twenty-five kilovolts or more extending a distance of one mile or more, or of one hundred kilovolts or more and less than one hundred twenty-five kilovolts, extending a distance of ten miles or more, including associated equip- ment, but shall not include any such transmission line located wholly underground in a city with a population in excess of one hundred twen- ty-five thousand or a primary transmission line approved by the federal energy regulatory commission in connection with a hydro-electric facili- ty; and (b)
[a]ANY fuel gas transmission line extending a distance of one thousand feet or more to be used to transport fuel gas [at pressures of one hundred twenty-five pounds per square inch or more], excluding appurtenant facilities, but shall not include any such transmission line which is located wholly underground in a city or wholly within the right of way of a state, county or town highway or village street as those terms are defined in article one of the highway law and article six of the village law, or which replaces an existing transmission line, including appurtenant facilities, and extends a distance of less than one mile. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law, provided however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11191-01-1