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S04264 Summary:

BILL NOS04264A
 
SAME ASSAME AS A00467-A
 
SPONSORGRIFFO
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 67-b, Pub Serv L
 
Relates to reporting requirements for various classifications of gas leaks by utility corporations.
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S04264 Actions:

BILL NOS04264A
 
02/07/2017REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
05/24/20171ST REPORT CAL.1351
06/05/20172ND REPORT CAL.
06/06/2017ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
06/21/2017COMMITTED TO RULES
01/03/2018REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
01/17/2018AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
01/17/2018PRINT NUMBER 4264A
06/07/2018REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
06/13/2018ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1756
06/13/2018SUBSTITUTED BY A467A
 A00467 AMEND=A Paulin
 01/09/2017referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
 02/07/2017reported referred to codes
 03/01/2017reported
 03/02/2017advanced to third reading cal.87
 03/29/2017passed assembly
 03/29/2017delivered to senate
 03/29/2017REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
 01/03/2018DIED IN SENATE
 01/03/2018RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
 01/03/2018ordered to third reading cal.41
 01/16/2018amended on third reading 467a
 04/18/2018passed assembly
 04/18/2018delivered to senate
 04/18/2018REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
 06/13/2018SUBSTITUTED FOR S4264A
 06/13/20183RD READING CAL.1756
 06/13/2018PASSED SENATE
 06/13/2018RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
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S04264 Memo:

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S04264 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         4264--A
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                    February 7, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
          cations  --  recommitted  to  the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni-
          cations in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public service law, in relation to reporting of
          natural gas leaks by gas corporations
 
          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  67-b to read as follows:
     3    § 67-b. Natural gas leak  classifications.  1.  The  department  shall
     4  establish  a uniform natural gas leak classification system as set forth
     5  in this section.
     6    2. All leaks shall be assessed a class based on the following system:
     7    (a) Type 1 classification. (1) A Type 1 leak is one which, due to  its
     8  location  and/or relative magnitude, constitutes a potentially hazardous
     9  condition to the public or buildings. In the event  of  a  Type  1  leak
    10  classification the following requirements apply:
    11    (i)  the  leak  shall  require an immediate effort to protect life and
    12  property;
    13    (ii) continuous action shall be thereafter taken until  the  condition
    14  is no longer hazardous; and
    15    (iii)  completion  of repairs shall be scheduled on a regular day-aft-
    16  er-day basis, or the condition kept under daily surveillance  until  the
    17  source of the leak has been corrected.
    18    (2) Type 1 leaks include, but are not limited to:
    19    (i) damage by contractors or outside sources resulting in leakage;
    20    (ii)  any  indication  on a combustible gas indicator (CGI) of natural
    21  gas entering buildings or tunnels;
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01083-03-8

        S. 4264--A                          2
 
     1    (iii) any reading on a CGI within five feet (1.5 meters) of a building
     2  wall;
     3    (iv) any reading of four percent or greater gas-in-air on a CGI within
     4  manholes,  vaults  or  catch basins (sampling will be conducted with the
     5  structure in its normal condition as nearly as physically possible); or
     6    (v) any leak which, in the judgment of the operating personnel at  the
     7  scene, is regarded as potentially hazardous.
     8    (b)  Type  2A  classification.  (1) A Type 2A leak does not present an
     9  immediately hazardous condition to the public or buildings, but is of  a
    10  nature  that requires frequent surveillance and scheduled repair. In the
    11  event of a Type 2A leak classification the following requirements apply:
    12    (i) the leak shall be repaired within  a  period  not  to  exceed  six
    13  months; and
    14    (ii)  the leak shall be maintained under surveillance with a frequency
    15  not to exceed two weeks until repaired.
    16    (2) Type 2A leaks include, but are not limited to:
    17    (i) any reading of ten percent  or  greater  gas-in-air  in  any  area
    18  continuously paved from the curbline to the building wall, which is more
    19  than  five  feet (1.5 meters) but within thirty feet (9.1 meters) of the
    20  building and inside the curbline or shoulder of the road;
    21    (ii) any reading, in an unpaved area, of  twenty  percent  or  greater
    22  gas-in-air  which  is more than five feet (1.5 meters) but within twenty
    23  feet (6.1 meters) of the building and inside the curbline or shoulder of
    24  the road; or
    25    (iii) any leak, other than Type 1, which, under frost or other  condi-
    26  tions, in the judgment of the operating personnel at the scene should be
    27  classified as a Type 2A.
    28    (c) Type 2 classification. (1) A Type 2 leak does not present an imme-
    29  diate hazardous condition to the public or buildings, but is of a nature
    30  requiring scheduled repair. In the event of a Type 2 leak classification
    31  the following requirements apply:
    32    (i) the leak shall be repaired within a period not to exceed one year,
    33  except  that  leaks  classified  under clause (v) of subparagraph two of
    34  this paragraph shall be repaired within six months; and
    35    (ii) the leak shall be maintained under surveillance with a  frequency
    36  not  to exceed two months, except that leaks classified under clause (v)
    37  of subparagraph two of this paragraph  shall  be  surveilled  every  two
    38  weeks.
    39    (2) Type 2 leaks include, but are not limited to:
    40    (i)  any reading less than ten percent gas-in-air between the building
    41  and the curbline in any area continuously paved which is more than  five
    42  feet  (1.5  meters)  but within thirty feet (9.1 meters) of the building
    43  and inside the curbline or shoulder of the road; or
    44    (ii) any reading less than twenty percent gas-in-air  in  any  unpaved
    45  area  which  is  more than five feet (1.5 meters) but within twenty feet
    46  (6.1 meters) of a building and inside the curbline or  shoulder  of  the
    47  road; or
    48    (iii)  any  reading  of  thirty  percent  or  greater gas-in-air in an
    49  unpaved area which is more than twenty  feet  (6.1  meters)  but  within
    50  fifty feet (15.2 meters) of a building and inside the curbline or shoul-
    51  der of the road; or
    52    (iv)  any  reading  of thirty percent or greater gas-in-air in a paved
    53  area which is more than thirty feet (9.1 meters) but within  fifty  feet
    54  (15.2  meters)  of a building and inside the curbline or shoulder of the
    55  road; or

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     1    (v) any reading above one percent but below four  percent  gas-in-air,
     2  within manholes, vaults or catch basins (sampling will be conducted with
     3  the  structure in its normal condition as nearly as is physically possi-
     4  ble).
     5    (d)  Type 3 classification. A Type 3 leak is not immediately hazardous
     6  at the time of detection and can be reasonably expected to  remain  that
     7  way.
     8    (1) A Type 3 leak is any leak not classified as Type 1, 2A or 2.
     9    (2) Type 3 leaks shall be reevaluated during the next required leakage
    10  survey or annually, whichever is less.
    11    3.  Beginning March first, two thousand nineteen, each gas corporation
    12  shall report annually to the department the location  of  each  Type  1,
    13  Type  2A,  Type 2 and Type 3 leak existing as of that date classified by
    14  the corporation, the date each Type 1, Type 2A, Type 2 and Type  3  leak
    15  was classified and the date of repair performed on each Type 1, Type 2A,
    16  Type  2 and Type 3 leak as part of its required gas surveillance program
    17  as required under its approved operations and maintenance programs.    A
    18  gas corporation shall specify any reclassification of previously identi-
    19  fied leaks in its report. Such gas leak information shall be made avail-
    20  able  to  any municipal or state official with responsibility for public
    21  safety and any member of the legislature upon request to the department.
    22    4.  Upon the undertaking of a significant project  exposing  confirmed
    23  natural  gas  infrastructure, and with sufficient notice, a municipality
    24  or the state shall submit notification of the project  to  the  relevant
    25  gas  corporation.  The gas corporation shall survey the project area for
    26  the presence of Type 1, Type 2A, or Type 2  leaks  and  set  repair  and
    27  replacement  schedules  for all known or newly detected Type 1, Type 2A,
    28  or Type 2 leaks. The gas corporation shall  ensure  that  any  shut  off
    29  valve  in  the significant project area has a gate box installed upon it
    30  or a reasonable alternative that would otherwise ensure continued public
    31  safety and that any critical valve that has not been inspected and test-
    32  ed within the past twelve months  is  verified  to  be  operational  and
    33  accessible. The gas corporation shall provide the repair and replacement
    34  schedule of gas leaks to the municipality or the state.
    35    5.  The  commission shall commence a proceeding to investigate whether
    36  New York state should require the winter surveillance and patrol of cast
    37  iron or ductile iron pipelines in the state and shall determine  whether
    38  the  presence  of extended frost cap conditions may result in additional
    39  stress on cast iron or ductile iron pipe  segments,  requiring  enhanced
    40  surveillance and patrol. The commission is authorized to establish mini-
    41  mum  uniform  procedures for cast iron and ductile iron surveillance and
    42  patrols. Gas corporations are authorized to  establish  procedures  that
    43  exceed any minimum standards at their discretion.
    44    6.  The  department, upon the request of a municipal or state official
    45  with responsibility for public safety, may require a reevaluation  of  a
    46  Type  3  leak  prior to the next scheduled survey, or sooner than twelve
    47  months of the date last evaluated, if  the  official  has  a  reasonable
    48  belief that the Type 3 leak poses a threat to public safety.
    49    7.  The commission shall promulgate regulations necessary to implement
    50  the uniform natural  gas  leak  classifications  as  specified  in  this
    51  section  and  shall  oversee and monitor each gas corporation's response
    52  and reporting.
    53    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
    54  have become a law.
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