An Act To Authorize the Public Utilities Commission To Exercise Jurisdiction over Private Natural Gas Pipelines To Ensure Safe Operation
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, there is an immediate need within the State to facilitate the construction of private natural gas pipelines to enable consumers to lower their energy costs and reduce their emissions; and
Whereas, in order to encourage investment in private natural gas pipelines, the State, rather than the Federal Government, should be responsible for the safety regulation of such pipelines; and
Whereas, because the permitting, approval and construction process for a private natural gas pipeline can take many months, it is necessary to make changes to Maine law to enable such pipelines to be built during the current construction season; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §4517 is enacted to read:
§ 4517. Private natural gas pipelines
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to exercise safety regulations over private natural gas pipelines.