Relates to the description of fuel gas transmission lines.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring certain information to be filed with department of public service
PURPOSE: To provide notice of proposed construction of gas gathering lines and pipeline facilities for the purpose creating and maintaining a map of infrastructure related to fuel gas transmission.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the public service law by adding a new section 121-b to require the submission of maps of proposed gas gathering lines and pipeline facilities to the Department of public Service. Directs the Department to develop and maintain, in consultation with the Department of Environmental conservation, a computer mapping system of infrastructure related to the state's fuel gas transmission network.
Section 2 establishes an effective date of 180 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. This bill will provide regulators with up to date information on the development of infrastructure related to fuel gas transmission.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3287 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 31, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring certain information to be filed with department of public service THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 121-b to read as follows: S 121-B. FILING OF CERTAIN INFORMATION. 1. ALL PERSONS WHO INTEND TO CONSTRUCT A GAS GATHERING LINE OR A PIPELINE FACILITY, SHALL FILE WITH THE DEPARTMENT SPATIAL MAPPING DATA, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM DATA, DETAILING THE LOCATION OF SUCH PROPOSED GATHERING LINE OR PIPELINE FACILITY. 2. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRON- MENTAL CONSERVATION, SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A COMPUTER MAPPING SYSTEM FOR PLOTTING THE LOCATION OF GATHERING LINES AND PIPELINE FACILI- TIES. SUCH MAPS SHALL OVERLAY LOCATIONS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE TWENTY-THREE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW. 3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS: (A) "GATHERING LINE" MEANS A PIPELINE THAT TRANSPORTS GAS FROM A CURRENT PRODUCTION FACILITY TO A TRANSMISSION LINE, MAIN, OR DIRECTLY TO AN END USER. (B) "PIPELINE FACILITY" MEANS NEW AND EXISTING PIPELINE, RIGHTS-OF-WAY, AND ANY RELATED EQUIPMENT, FACILITY, OR BUILDING, USED IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF GAS, OR IN THE TREATMENT OF GAS DURING THE COURSE OF TRANSPORTATION, IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRODUCTION, GATHERING, TREAT- MENT OR PROCESSING OF SUCH GAS, BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY: (I) TRANS- MISSION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATED BY A LOCAL DISTRIBUTION COMPANY SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION FOR PURPOSES OF PROVIDINGEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07061-01-3 S. 3287 2
RETAIL UTILITY SERVICE; OR (II) TRANSMISSION PIPELINE CONSTRUCTED BY A NATURAL GAS COMPANY UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE FEDERAL NATURAL GAS ACT (15 U.S.C.A. SECTION 717 ET SEQ.). THE DEPARTMENT SHALL HAVE THE OPTION TO INCORPORATE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING PIPELINE FACILITIES. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law, provided however, that effective immediate- ly, 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.