Bill Text: NY A05303 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires the department of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations relating to gas flow meters at natural gas well sites.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-01-05 - referred to environmental conservation [A05303 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A05303-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    February 12, 2021

        Introduced by M. of A. ANGELINO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Environmental Conservation

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
          requiring the department of environmental conservation  to  promulgate
          rules  and regulations relating to gas flow meters at natural gas well

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Section  23-0305 of the environmental conservation law is
     2  amended by adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
     3    15. With respect to natural  gas  well  sites,  the  department  shall
     4  promulgate rules and regulations that:
     5    a.  Require  that all gas wells capable of production be equipped with
     6  an electronic flow meter assembly for the  purpose  of  monitoring  such
     7  production,  the  flow  meter  assembly  shall  consist  of a meter tube
     8  containing test ports to be utilized  for  measurement  and  testing  of
     9  extracted gas, shutoff valves to be utilized for the purpose of shutting
    10  down  portions  of the system, and a flow metering assembly, wherein the
    11  orifice is capable of being removed without shutting off the system.
    12    b. Shall cause to be compiled a list of third party contractors,  from
    13  which  the  gas  companies  and  well  operators  shall  select for this
    14  service, that have been approved by the department to  provide  for  the
    15  purpose of testing and/or calibrating of gas flow meter assemblies.
    16    c.  Provide that any owner or operator of a natural gas well site may,
    17  at such owner's or operator's own cost, engage the services of  a  third
    18  party contractor from the approved list compiled pursuant to paragraph b
    19  of  this  subdivision  for the purpose of causing an independent test or
    20  calibration to be conducted upon the gas flow meter or meters  connected
    21  to the natural gas well site.
    22    d.  Require that orifice meters and piping be installed to comply with
    23  American Gas Association Report No. 3, Orifice Metering of  Natural  Gas

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

        A. 5303                             2

     1  and  Other  Related Hydrocarbon Fluids, Third Edition, Part 2 Specifica-
     2  tion and Installation Requirements. For purposes  of  this  subdivision,
     3  "orifice  meter"  means a flow measuring device used for calculating the
     4  pressure  drop,  flow  rate  and  behavior of the gas moving through the
     5  pipe.
     6    e. Require that testing and calibration of an orifice  meter  provided
     7  by gas companies or well operators shall be conducted on a monthly basis
     8  during  the initial production stages and on a routine basis thereafter,
     9  the frequency of which shall be dependent on the degree of wear  of  the
    10  orifice  and/or flow characteristics of the well and compliance with AGA
    11  specifications. For  purposes  of  this  paragraph  "initial  production
    12  stage"  shall  mean  the initial three years following installation. The
    13  orifice shall be replaced if the degree of wear of the orifice is great-
    14  er than two percent.
    15    f. Require that copies  of  all  reports  and  results  of  the  tests
    16  conducted  pursuant to paragraph e of this subdivision shall be provided
    17  to the commissioner, the commissioner of agriculture  and  markets,  the
    18  chief  inspector or director of the local bureau of weights and measures
    19  representing the geographic area in which such test was  conducted,  and
    20  the royalty owners who have an interest in the unit served by the well.
    21    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    22  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    23  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    24  tation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on  or
    25  before such effective date.