Bill S3137A-2011

Authorizes counties to lease county land for natural gas exploration, development and production for 5 years or as long as gas is produced

Authorizes counties to lease county land for natural gas exploration, development and production for five years or as long as gas is produced in paying quantities.

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Actions

  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jun 24, 2011: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 4, 2011: AMENDED ON THIRD READING 3137A
  • May 2, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 13, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 12, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.343
  • Apr 5, 2011: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Feb 9, 2011: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S3137A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the county law, in relation to leases for the exploration and drilling for and extraction of natural gas and liquefied natural gas

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to allow non-charter counties to enter into leases for a period exceeding 5 years in order to put them in the same position as charter counties.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: § 1 proposes to amend County Law §215 by adding a new subdivision to allow a board of supervisors or other county legislative body to lease, upon such terms and conditions the board or body shall determine, county land for the purposes of exploration, development and production of natural gas and liquefied natural gas, for not more than five years and, if gas is produced the lease shall continue until the production is no longer being produced in paying quantities.

§2 Sets the effective date of the act as immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, §215 of County Law restricts the lease term counties may enter into to a period not to exceed five years. At the same time 2(b) of County Law allows charter counties to adopt Local Law, by amending their charter to allow the County to enter into a lease term they see fit. This legislation aims to give non-charter counties and charter counties the same opportunities when drilling for natural gas in New York State.

Under the current system, the length of leases and rate in the natural gas industry are determined by the market. Non-charter counties are severely handicapped in their negotiations with natural gas companies because of the five year limitation placed on them by § 215 of County Law. As a result, counties fear that they will simply be integrated under compulsory integration and lose control of county-owned lands.

The proposal to allow for a primary term not exceeding a five year term for exploration and the commencement of drilling, which either lapses if drilling fails to commence, or extends the lease until drilling terminates is consistent with the practice employed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, when the State of New York contracts with a private company to produce natural gas.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.6325 - Referred to Local Government

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3137--A Cal. No. 343 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 9, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. LIBOUS, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- committee discharged and said bill committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation to leases for the explora- tion and drilling for and extraction of natural gas and liquefied natural gas THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 215 of the county law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4-a to read as follows: 4-A. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISIONS THREE AND FOUR OF THIS SECTION, A BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OR OTHER COUNTY LEGISLATIVE BODY MAY LEASE, UPON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS THE BOARD OR BODY SHALL DETERMINE, COUNTY LAND FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF NATURAL GAS AND LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS, AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION 23-1705 OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW, FOR NOT MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AND, IF ANY SUCH GAS IS PRODUCED UPON THE COUNTY LAND PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF SUCH FIVE YEAR LEASE, THE LEASE SHALL BE EXTENDED FOR AS LONG AS NATURAL GAS OR LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS IS PRODUCED IN PAYING QUANTITIES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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