Florida House of Representatives 1983 HB 964
By Representatives Hazouri, Lippman, Mackenzie and others
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to pipelines transporting
3 hazardous or toxic substances; establishing the
4 pipelines impact committee; providing for
5 membership and duties of the committee;
S6 providing an effective date.
C4 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
' 10 Section 1. Short title.--This act shall be known and
i 1 may be cited as the "Pipelines Impact Committee Act."
,j 12 Section 2. Declaration of policy.--The Legislature
4- 13 recognizes that pipelines transporting hazardous or toxic
So 14 substances, including natural gas and liquid petroleum, have
e 15 statewide and multiregional impact on the public health,
16 safety, welfare, economy, environment, and energy resources.
c 17 Adequate supplies of low-cost energy are essential to the
=4 18 citizens and the economy of the state. To ensure the
S% 19 availability of such supplies, the use of the most cost
I 2V0 effective and safest modes of transportation to deliver these
0 21 energy supplies should be encouraged. Statewide concern
S22 exists regarding serious potential contamination to Florida's
= 23 groundwater, which provides more than 90 percent of the
f 24 state's drinking water, by accidental or other discharge of
25 hazardous or toxic substances, including natural gas and
26 liquid petroleum, being transported in pipelines. The
27 Legislature finds that the construction, conversion and
28 maintenance of pipelines carrying or planned to carry
29 hazardous or toxic substances, including natural gas and
30 liquid petroleum, may require a greater degree of engineering,
31 construction, or monitoring than is presently required by law.
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It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a committee
to study the various types, sizes and actual and proposed
uses, modifications, conversions or future construction of
pipelines to determine what impacts, if any, there may be to
the public health, safety, welfare, economy, environment and
energy resources of the citizens of the state and recommend
what regulation, if any, may be necessary for such pipelines.
Section 3. The Pipelines Impact Committee shall be
composed of 11 members including the chairman of the Florida
Public Service Commission; the secretary of the Department of
Environmental Regulation; the secretary of the Department of
Community Affairs or their respective designees, two members
of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker; two
members of the Senate appointed by the President, and four
members appointed by the Governor, including a representative
of a domestic nonprofit corporation or association formed to
promote environmental conservation and protection, two
representatives from separately affected industries and a
representative with expertise in groundwater pollution. The
committee shall study the potential impacts in the state of
existing and proposed pipelines carrying or planned to carry
hazardous or toxic substances, including natural gas and
liquid petroleum, or the constructing, modification, or
converting of pipelines to carry such substances, on other
methods of energy resource transportation, use and supplies,
the environment, particularly groundwater; other natural
resources; water supplies; the economy and other matters
relevant to these concerns. The committee may conduct
hearings at representative locations throughout the state and
shall submit a report of the results of its study to the
President of the Senate, to the Speaker of the House of
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Representatives and to the Governor on or before March 1,
1984. The committee shall be abolished no later than March 1.4
Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a 1.4
Establishes the "Pipelines Impact Committee" to study
pipelines transporting hazardous or toxic substances.
Provides for membership and duties of said committee.
Provides that the committee shall be abolished no later
than March 31, 1984.
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