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|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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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2186 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 12, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sen. ALCANTARA -- 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 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. As used 4 in this section, "gas pipeline facility" means (a) a distribution facil- 5 ity, and (b) a gas utility. 6 2. Each operator of a gas pipeline facility shall accelerate the 7 repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of gas piping or equipment that 8 is: 9 (a) leaking; or 10 (b) may pose high risks of leaking, or may no longer be fit for 11 service, because of: (i) inferior materials, (ii) poor construction 12 practices, (iii) lack of maintenance, or (iv) age. 13 3. In complying with subdivision two of this section, the commission 14 shall: (a) develop prioritized timelines to repair all leaks based on 15 the severity of the leak, including non-hazardous leaks, or replace 16 identified leaking or high-risk piping or equipment, including leaks 17 identified as part of an integrity management plan developed under this 18 section if applicable; 19 (b) adopt a cost-recovery program that includes (i) replacement plans 20 with targets and benchmarks for leaking or high-risk infrastructure 21 replacement, (ii) consideration of the economic, safety, and environ- 22 mental benefits of reduced gas leakage, including consideration of EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07259-01-7S. 2186 2 1 reduced operation and maintenance costs and reduced costs attributable 2 to lost or unaccounted-for natural gas, and (iii) reporting on the 3 reductions in lost or unaccounted-for gas as a result of pipeline 4 replacements; 5 (c) adopt a standard definition and methodology for calculating and 6 reporting unaccounted-for gas to improve data quality; 7 (d) adopt limits on cost recovery for the lost and unaccounted-for 8 gas; and 9 (e) require use of best available technology to detect gas leaks. 10 4. No later than one year after the effective date of this section, 11 the New York state energy research and development authority shall, 12 after notice and opportunity to comment, issue non-binding guidelines 13 identifying best practices for identifying and classifying high-risk 14 pipeline infrastructure and leaks for repair or replacement. 15 5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, no 16 later than one year after the effective date of this section, the New 17 York state energy research and development authority and the commission 18 shall work jointly to establish and publish forms that adopt a standard 19 definition and methodology for calculating and reporting unaccounted-for 20 gas, including, when possible, information on the causes of unaccount- 21 ed-for gas and the quantities associated with each cause, for use by 22 applicable state agencies to standardize the data collected on unac- 23 counted-for gas. 24 6. Operators of gas pipeline facilities in cities with a population of 25 one million or more shall establish a database of pipeline infrastruc- 26 ture that includes its age and state of repair and shall share this 27 information with the coordinated building inspection data analysis 28 system. 29 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.