Bill S3870-2011

Extends the moratorium on the issuance of environmental safety certificates for facilities and routes for the transportation of liquefied natural or petroleum gas

Extends the moratorium on the issuance of certificates of environmental safety for the siting of facilities and certification of routes for the transportation of liquefied natural or petroleum gas.

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Actions

  • Mar 29, 2011: SUBSTITUTED BY A108
  • Mar 24, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 23, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 22, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.244
  • Mar 8, 2011: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Mar 22, 2011
Ayes (14): Grisanti, Johnson, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3870

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 395 of the laws of 1978, relating to moratoriums on the issuance of certificates of environmental safety for the siting of facilities and certification of routes for the transportation of liquefied natural or petroleum gas, in relation to extending the effectiveness of the provisions of such chapter

PURPOSE: Extends effectiveness of Chapter 395 of the Laws of 1978 relating to moratoriums on the issuance of certificates of environmental safety for the siting of facilities and certification of routes to transport liquefied natural or petroleum gas in cities with a population of one million or more until April 1, 2011.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would continue, until April 1, 2013, the current ban on the licensing of liquefied natural gas and petroleum facilities in cities with a population of one million or more in the interest of public safety.

JUSTIFICATION: The potential for a large-scale human catastrophe inherent in the storage of highly volatile, liquefied natural gas in densely populated areas makes it mandatory that governmental agencies, federal and state, exercise extreme caution in dealing with proposals for activation of LNG facilities.

Experiences such as the 1973 explosion in an empty LNG tank on Staten Island, in which 40 persons lost their lives, underline the potential for tragedy involved in the operation of such storage facilities.

The object of this bill is to assure a calm, deliberate and reasoned evaluation of such proposals and to assure the application of strict public safety standards.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009: Chapter 84 2007: Chapter 31 2005: Chapter 66 2003: Chapter 33 2001: Chapter 18 1999: Chapter 25 1997: Chapter 235

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on April 1, 2011.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3870 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 8, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend chapter 395 of the laws of 1978, relating to moratoriums on the issuance of certificates of environmental safety for the siting of facilities and certification of routes for the transportation of liquefied natural or petroleum gas, in relation to extending the effectiveness of the provisions of such chapter THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 6 of chapter 395 of the laws of 1978, relating to moratoriums on the issuance of certificates of environmental safety for the siting of facilities and certification of routes for the transporta- tion of liquefied natural or petroleum gas, as amended by chapter 84 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: S 6. This act shall take effect immediately and remain in full force and effect only to and including April 1, 1999 provided, however that the provisions of this act shall remain in full force and effect in cities with a population of one million or more until April 1, [2011] 2013. S 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2011.

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