Relates to the New York state oil, natural gas and solution mining advisory board.
Ayes (12): Thompson, Oppenheimer, Parker, Serrano, Perkins, Stewart-Cousins, Foley, Marcellino, Leibell, Little, Young, Padavan
Ayes W/R (1): Schneiderman
Excused (1): Johnson O
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the New York state oil, natural gas and solution mining advisory board
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill seeks to reinvigorate the New York state Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Advisory Board.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 23-0311 of the Environmental Conservation Law to: expand membership from thirteen members to sixteen members, comprised of six representatives of the oil, natural gas and solution mining industries, with at least two members selected from each of the following groups: (a) landowners with a current natural gas or oil lease (b) municipal officers, as defined in section eight hundred of the general municipal law, of a municipality in which there is current oil or natural gas exploration or drilling being performed and (c) members of citizens' organizations concerning oil or natural gas exploration or drilling; provide that the board discuss and provide recommendations on, among other things, the best practices of the industry, protection of water supplies and other related topics; provides for appointments from the minority leaders of the Senate and Assembly; Includes the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets as an ex-officio member of the board.
JUSTIFICATION: Clearly, natural gas exploration and drilling will be on the increase in New York State in the coming years and we must be sure that there is an active and engaged group of industry, land owner and municipal representatives who are discussing and making recommendations to the Department of Environmental conservation on needed regulations and programs.
Given that the current 0il, Gas and solution Mining Advisory Board has not met in a number of years, this bill seeks to reinvigorate that board to provide assistance, discussion and recommendations to the Department on the development, operation and regulation of the oil and natural gas industry. The membership of the board is expanded to facilitate a greater array of viewpoints. In addition, the number of board members is expanded from thirteen members to sixteen members and the bill provides for appointments from the minority leaders of the Assembly and Senate.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal. Although this bill allows members of the advisory committee to be reimbursed for mileage for attending meetings and does provide that the Department of Environmental Conservation provide secretarial support.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3657--C 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 27, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accord- ance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the New York state oil, natural gas and solution mining advisory board THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The section heading and subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 23-0311 of the environmental conservation law, the section heading as added by chapter 846 of the laws of 1981 and subdivisions 1 and 2 as amended by chapter 83 of the laws of 1995, are amended and a new subdi- vision 2-a is added to read as follows: New York state oil, NATURAL gas and solution mining advisory board. 1. A
[thirteen]SIXTEEN member New York state oil, NATURAL gas and solution mining advisory board shall be created within the department to advise and assist the commissioner and other state agencies on activ- ities and policies related to the development, operation and regulation of the oil, NATURAL gas and solution mining industry. THIS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, DISCUSSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE BEST PRACTICES OF THE INDUSTRY, PROTECTION OF WATER SUPPLIES AND RELATED TOPICS. The members shall be appointed by the governor [, with a majority representative of the respective industries]AND SHALL BE COMPRISED OF SIX REPRESENTATIVES OF THE OIL, NATURAL GAS AND SOLUTION MINING INDUS- TRIES, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT AT LEAST TWO OF THE MEMBERS ARE EITHEREXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10786-08-0 S. 3657--C 2
(A) LANDOWNERS WITH A CURRENT NATURAL GAS OR OIL LEASE OR (B) MUNICIPAL OFFICERS, AS DEFINED IN SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, OF A MUNICIPALITY IN WHICH THERE IS CURRENT OIL OR NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION OR DRILLING BEING PERFORMED AND (C) MEMBERS OF CITIZENS' ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNING OIL OR NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION OR DRILLING. Three of the members shall be appointed upon recommendation of the majority leader of the senate
[and], three of the members shall be appointed upon recommendation of the speaker of the assembly, ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED UPON RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE AND ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED UPON RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY. Appointments shall be made for three- year terms. Members shall continue in office until their successors have been appointed and qualified. The governor shall select a chair from among the members. The board shall meet at least twice yearly and the members shall receive reimbursement for expenses. The department shall provide the board with secretarial services. 2. The chair of the public service commission, the president of the New York state energy research and development authority, THE COMMIS- SIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS, the state geolo- gist, and the commissioner shall serve the board in an ex-officio capac- ity. 2-A. THE BOARD SHALL ISSUE A REPORT, NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, CONTAINING RECOMMENDATIONS ON INDUSTRY BEST PRAC- TICES AND PROTECTION OF WATER SUPPLIES TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.