Exempts certain storage facilities and related transportation from provisions of the liquefied natural and petroleum gas act.
Ayes (57): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (3): Gipson, LaValle, Martins
Excused (3): Diaz, Felder, Hannon
BILL NUMBER:S1119A REVISED 2/25/13
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to amending the liquefied natural and petroleum gas act to exempt the storage and transportation of small quantities of liquefied natural gas
PURPOSE: To amend the liquefied natural and petroleum gas act to exempt the storage and transportation of small quantities of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to facilitate LNG fueling and the use of LNG as a replacement for diesel.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 23-1706 of the environmental conservation law to provide an exemption for the storage of up to 40,000 gallons of LNG and associated transportation activities provided that all transportation and storage activities conform to federal, regulations and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association.
Section 2 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a domestic alternative fuel for heavy duty trucking. LNG is becoming popular because it is cheaper and cleaner than diesel - and it is a domestic energy source. The need for LNG as a transportation fuel is well documented in several studies commissioned or prepared by NYSERDA. A recent 2011 study documents, among other things, the safety of LNG and the economic benefit that would result from an amendment to the law to allow LNG for transportation purposes.
Further, LNG provides an effective range that is consistent with the range for diesel. As a result, engine manufacturers are developing engines that are fueled by LNG. Major fleet operators are making the shift to natural gas as a fuel, with LNG being a fuel of choice because of the cost savings and environmental benefits (e.g. lower exhaust emissions).
By providing an exemption for the storage and transportation of LNG, this legislation will reduce emissions, encourage the use of a domestic energy source, and promote economic activity and benefits within New York.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S7313A/A10793 of 2011-12 Amend and Recommit to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1119--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, GALLIVAN, O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ- mental Conservation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to amending the liquefied natural and petroleum gas act to exempt the storage and transportation of small quantities of liquefied natural gas THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 23-1706 to read as follows: S 23-1706. EXEMPTIONS. THIS ACT SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS FACILITY WITH A COMBINED STORAGE CAPACITY OF FORTY THOUSAND GALLONS OR LESS THAT IS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF ANY CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, PROVIDED THAT THE FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES SHALL COMPLY WITH NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION CODES AND STAND- ARDS APPLICABLE TO THE STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02275-02-3