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Legislative Memo

BILL:

A.8852 (Tonko)

Support

SUBJECT:

Relates to liquefied natural and petroleum gas; establishes standards for the production, storage, transport and dispensing of liquefied
natural gas

 

DATE:

June 16, 2003

 

The Business Council of New York State has reviewed the aforementioned legislation
relating to liquefied natural and petroleum gas and supports its enactment. The legislation
would establishes standards for the production, storage, transport and dispensing of
liquefied natural gas in New York State by amending Article 23, Title 17 of the
Environmental Conservation Law.

Specifically, this legislation would provide a framework for regulating liquified natural gas
(LNG) facilities in New York State. By amending the current law, this statute would bring
New York State into conformance with nationally accepted safety standards and protocols
based on over thirty (30) years of regulatory experience. The legislative framework would
assure the highest level of safety through the implementation of standards in a myriad of
areas including hardware, site plans, and maintenance/operational procedures.

It should be noted that the legislation does NOT impact the current moratorium on the
siting or operation of LNG facilities in cities with a population of one million or more.

This legislation will provide greater flexibility in the servicing of New York's energy
consumers, particularly businesses that utilize LNG as a source fuel. The legislation will
provide the necessary regulatory structure to insure the registration of LNG facilities and
the adoption of federal reference standards and uniform personnel training.

For the above stated reasons, The Business Council supports the legislation and urges its
passage by the Legislature.