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A00661 Summary:

BILL NOA00661
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00066
 
SPONSORRodriguez
 
COSPNSRArroyo, Blake, Buchwald, Colton, Cook, Glick, Mosley, Ra, Perry, Peoples-Stokes, Pichardo
 
MLTSPNSRGottfried, McDonough
 
Add 63-gg, Pub Serv L
 
Relates to requiring liquid petroleum pipeline facilities to accelerate the repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of equipment or pipelines that are leaking or at a high-risk of leaking.
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A00661 Actions:

BILL NOA00661
 
01/09/2017referred to energy
01/03/2018referred to energy
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A00661 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           661
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  RODRIGUEZ  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Energy
 
        AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring  liquid
          petroleum  pipeline  facilities  to  accelerate  the repair, rehabili-
          tation, and replacement of equipment or pipelines that are leaking  or
          at a high-risk of leaking

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a  new  section
     2  63-gg to read as follows:
     3    §  63-gg.  Pipeline  modernization  and consumer protection. 1.  Defi-
     4  nition. As used in this section,  the  following  term  shall  have  the
     5  following meaning:
     6    "Gas  pipeline  facility" means (a) a distribution facility, and (b) a
     7  gas utility.
     8    2. Each operator of a  gas  pipeline  facility  shall  accelerate  the
     9  repair,  rehabilitation, and replacement of gas piping or equipment that
    10  is:
    11    (a) leaking; or
    12    (b) may pose high risks of leaking,  or  may  no  longer  be  fit  for
    13  service,  because  of:  (i)  inferior  materials, (ii) poor construction
    14  practices, (iii) lack of maintenance, or (iv) age.
    15    3. In complying with subdivision two of this section,  the  commission
    16  shall:  (a)  develop  prioritized timelines to repair all leaks based on
    17  the severity of the leak,  including  non-hazardous  leaks,  or  replace
    18  identified  leaking  or  high-risk  piping or equipment, including leaks
    19  identified as part of an integrity management plan developed under  this
    20  section if applicable;
    21    (b)  adopt a cost-recovery program that includes (i) replacement plans
    22  with targets and benchmarks  for  leaking  or  high-risk  infrastructure
    23  replacement,  (ii)  consideration  of the economic, safety, and environ-

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04359-01-7

        A. 661                              2
 
     1  mental benefits of  reduced  gas  leakage,  including  consideration  of
     2  reduced  operation  and maintenance costs and reduced costs attributable
     3  to lost or unaccounted-for natural  gas,  and  (iii)  reporting  on  the
     4  reductions  in  lost  or  unaccounted-for  gas  as  a result of pipeline
     5  replacements;
     6    (c) adopt a standard definition and methodology  for  calculating  and
     7  reporting unaccounted-for gas to improve data quality;
     8    (d)  adopt  limits  on  cost recovery for the lost and unaccounted-for
     9  gas; and
    10    (e) require use of best available technology to detect gas leaks.
    11    4. No later than one year after the effective date  of  this  section,
    12  the  New  York  state  energy  research and development authority shall,
    13  after notice and opportunity to comment,  issue  non-binding  guidelines
    14  identifying  best  practices  for  identifying and classifying high-risk
    15  pipeline infrastructure and leaks for repair or replacement.
    16    5. Notwithstanding any other provision of  law  to  the  contrary,  no
    17  later  than  one  year after the effective date of this section, the New
    18  York state energy research and development authority and the  commission
    19  shall  work jointly to establish and publish forms that adopt a standard
    20  definition and methodology for calculating and reporting unaccounted-for
    21  gas, including, when possible, information on the causes  of  unaccount-
    22  ed-for  gas  and  the  quantities associated with each cause, for use by
    23  applicable state agencies to standardize the  data  collected  on  unac-
    24  counted-for gas.
    25    6. Operators of gas pipeline facilities in cities with a population of
    26  one  million  or more shall establish a database of pipeline infrastruc-
    27  ture that includes its age and state of  repair  and  shall  share  this
    28  information  with  the  coordinated  building  inspection  data analysis
    29  system.
    30    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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