senate Bill S1648

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes certain procedures for environmental review of leases, easements, permits and conveyances of other interests in certain state-owned lands underwater

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S1648 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3580
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3-0301, En Con L; amd §75, Pub Lds L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3575, A3942
2009-2010: S3611, A4741

S1648 - Bill Texts

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Establishes certain procedures for environmental review of leases, easements, permits and conveyances of other interests in state-owned lands underwater over one mile from shore for commercial use of structures, platforms or moorings.

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BILL NUMBER:S1648

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend
the environmental conservation law and the
public lands law, in relation
to leases, easements, permits
and conveyances of other interests for certain state-owned lands
underwater

PURPOSE:
This bill allows local residents to have their concerns heard on the
leasing of State underwater lands for commercial purposes.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill amends the Public Lands law to require the Secretary of State
to review underwater land leases for consistency with the State's
coastal zone management policies.

The bill creates a new subsection dealing with State owned lands over
one mile from shore that are leased for commercial use of structures,
platforms or moorings not including marinas or other facilities used
for the berthing, moving storage of and service of pleasure vessels,
rowboats and canoes. For these properties, the OGS Commissioner shall
prepare an environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the issuance of
any lease, and hold public hearing in the localities affected by the
lease. The bill requires, before a lease is granted, the Secretary of
the State and the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) to review and recommend conditions for consistency
of the lease with State's coastal zone management policies and on the
protection of the environment and natural resources, respectively.

In addition, this section requires the OGS Commissioner to consider
the information gained from the EIS and public hearings in granting a
lease, and incorporate such information and recommendations from the
DEC Commissioner and the Secretary of State into any lease. The OGS
Commissioner is also granted the authority to deny the issuance of a
lease if DEC Commissioner finds that environment or natural resources
cannot be adequately protected, or if the Secretary of State finds
the lease is not consistent with the State's coastal zone management
policies, or if the preponderance of evidence from the EIS or the
public hearings shows that the lease would have substantial negative
effects upon the health and welfare of New York State.

EXISTING LAW:
Current law, requires underwater lands leases to be reviewed by the
DEC Commissioner and she shall recommend conditions to protect the
environment and natural resources. The Secretary of
State shall also review the lease for coastal issues not for
consistency with the State's coastal zone management policies.

The current law has no requirements for environmental impact
statements or for public hearings.


Current law only allows the OGS Commissioner to deny a lease if the
DEC Commissioner in administrative findings finds that environment or
natural resources cannot be adequately protected.

JUSTIFICATION:
Currently, major projects which require the use of the State owned
underwater bottom lands take no consideration of the local or
environmental effects. This bill allows for local input into leasing
decisions, offering communities a chance to make the Office of
General Services aware of their concerns.

The bill requires OGS to conduct and EIS on any lease. It is
imperative that OGS do an independent assessment of the effect of the
lease. The citizens of New York State deserve the chance to have an
autonomous review of the lease and its future effects on the
environment and the State's residents.

The bill also expands the reasons for which the Commissioner of OGS
may deny the issuance of a lease. This provision offers New Yorkers a
real option to stop projects and leases that are detrimental to the
State and the environment

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12 S.3575; 2009-10 S3611; S.2007-08, S.5528; S.3658-A, 2005-06.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill takes effect 60 days after it becomes law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1648

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law and the public  lands
  law,  in  relation  to  leases,  easements, permits and conveyances of
  other interests for certain state-owned lands underwater

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  3-0301  of the environmental
conservation law is amended by adding a new  paragraph  ee  to  read  as
follows:
  EE. PROVIDE ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS, PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH (III)
OF  PARAGRAPH  (D)  OF  SUBDIVISION SEVEN OF SECTION SEVENTY-FIVE OF THE
PUBLIC LANDS LAW, TO THE COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES REGARDING  THE
LEASE,  EASEMENT,  PERMIT OR OTHER CONVEYANCE OF INTEREST OF STATE-OWNED
LANDS UNDERWATER TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES;
  S 2. Paragraph (d) of subdivision 7 of section 75 of the public  lands
law,  as added by chapter 791 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as
follows:
  (d) (i) The commissioner of environmental conservation and the  secre-
tary of state shall review any proposed lease, easement, permit or other
interest,  except for facilities in existence on June seventeenth, nine-
teen hundred ninety-two, and which are not the subject of an  action  by
the  attorney general for unlawful occupation of state lands under water
on the effective date of this paragraph. The  commissioner  of  environ-
mental  conservation  shall recommend conditions to protect the environ-
ment and natural resources.   THE SECRETARY  OF  STATE  SHALL  RECOMMEND
CONDITIONS  TO  MAINTAIN  CONSISTENCY  WITH  THE COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
POLICIES. The commissioner of general services shall  incorporate  those
conditions in any lease, easement, permit or other interest, [giving due
regard  as  well  to  the recommendations of the secretary of state with

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06155-01-3

S. 1648                             2

respect to coastal issues,] or shall deny the proposal  if  the  commis-
sioner  of  environmental  conservation,  upon  administrative findings,
determines that the environment or natural resources cannot be adequate-
ly  protected.   Such lease, easement, permit, or other conveyance of an
interest shall state the purpose for which it is made, and shall also be
subject to all applicable federal, state and local  laws,  rules,  regu-
lations and codes.
  (ii)  The  owner, occupier or any other person or entity (except those
against whom there has been commenced on  the  effective  date  of  this
paragraph  an action by the attorney general, for unlawful occupation of
state lands under water) with a legal  or  beneficial  interest  in  any
structure  not excepted by paragraph (b) of this subdivision and occupy-
ing state lands underwater on the effective date of the rules authorized
by paragraph (f) of this subdivision, as adopted pursuant to subdivision
five of section two hundred two of the  state  administrative  procedure
act,  shall  make  application for such lease, easement, permit or other
interest within one year from that effective date.
  Except where timely application for such an  interest  has  been  made
within  one  year  pursuant  to  this  subdivision,  the commissioner is
authorized to require the term of such lease, easement, permit, or other
interest to be retroactive  to  the  effective  date  of  the  rules  so
adopted.  Any instrument conveying an interest in real property which is
made retroactive shall include provision for  payment  of  consideration
for the portion of the term which extends retroactively including, where
appropriate,  interest  on  such  consideration  at  the  same rate then
currently in effect and applied to judgments rendered in  the  court  of
claims.
  (iii)  FOR  A LEASE, EASEMENT, PERMIT, OR CONVEYANCE OF OTHER INTEREST
FOR STATE-OWNED LANDS UNDER WATER OVER ONE MILE FROM SHORE  FOR  COMMER-
CIAL  USE OF STRUCTURES, PLATFORMS OR MOORINGS, NOT INCLUDING MARINAS OR
OTHER FACILITIES USED FOR THE BERTHING AND MOORING OF PLEASURE  VESSELS,
INCLUDING  ROWBOATS  AND CANOES AND THE STORAGE THEREOF AND ANY FACILITY
THAT SERVICES PLEASURE VESSELS, THE FOLLOWING SHALL APPLY:
  (A) THE COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES  SHALL  PREPARE  AN  ENVIRON-
MENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON THE GRANTING OF SUCH LEASE, EASEMENT, PERMIT,
OR  OTHER  CONVEYANCE  OF  INTEREST IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF
ARTICLE EIGHT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW.
  (B) WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF RECEIVING AN  APPLICATION  FOR  SUCH  LEASE,
EASEMENT,  PERMIT,  OR OTHER CONVEYANCE OF INTEREST, THE COMMISSIONER OF
GENERAL SERVICES SHALL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS IN THE COMMUNITIES  AFFECTED
ON THE TOPIC OF THE GRANTING OF SUCH LEASE.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND THE SECRETARY
OF STATE SHALL REVIEW ANY PROPOSED  LEASE,  EASEMENT,  PERMIT  OR  OTHER
CONVEYANCE  OF  INTEREST. THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
SHALL RECOMMEND  CONDITIONS  TO  PROTECT  THE  ENVIRONMENT  AND  NATURAL
RESOURCES. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL RECOMMEND CONDITIONS TO MAINTAIN
CONSISTENCY WITH THE COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT POLICIES.
  (D)  THE COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES IN DECIDING WHETHER TO GRANT
SUCH LEASE, EASEMENT, PERMIT  OR  OTHER  CONVEYANCE  OF  INTEREST  SHALL
CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND THE INFORMATION GIVEN AT
THE  PUBLIC  HEARINGS. SUCH COMMISSIONER SHALL INCORPORATE SUCH INFORMA-
TION AND THE RECOMMENDED CONDITIONS  PURSUANT  TO  CLAUSE  (C)  OF  THIS
SUBPARAGRAPH  IN  ANY  LEASE,  EASEMENT,  PERMIT  OR OTHER CONVEYANCE OF
INTEREST, OR SHALL DENY THE PROPOSAL IF  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  ENVIRON-
MENTAL  CONSERVATION,  UPON ADMINISTRATIVE FINDINGS, DETERMINES THAT THE
ENVIRONMENT OR NATURAL RESOURCES CANNOT BE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED,  OR  IF

S. 1648                             3

THE  SECRETARY OF STATE DETERMINES THAT SUCH LEASE, EASEMENT, PERMIT, OR
OTHER CONVEYANCE OF INTEREST IS NOT CONSISTENT  WITH  THE  COASTAL  ZONE
MANAGEMENT  POLICIES, OR IF THE PREPONDERANCE OF EVIDENCE FROM THE ENVI-
RONMENTAL  IMPACT  STATEMENT AND PUBLIC HEARINGS SHOWS SUCH LEASE, EASE-
MENT, PERMIT, OR OTHER CONVEYANCE OF  INTEREST  WOULD  HAVE  SUBSTANTIAL
NEGATIVE  EFFECTS  UPON  THE  HEALTH AND WELFARE OF NEW YORK STATE. SUCH
LEASE, EASEMENT, PERMIT, OR OTHER CONVEYANCE OF INTEREST SHALL STATE THE
PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT IS MADE, AND SHALL ALSO BE SUBJECT TO ALL  APPLICA-
BLE  FEDERAL,  STATE  AND LOCAL LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS AND CODES.  FOR
THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, PLEASURE VESSEL SHALL HAVE THE SAME  MEAN-
ING  AS  SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION TWO OF
THE NAVIGATION LAW.
  (IV) The commissioner shall make reasonable efforts to provide  notice
to persons affected by the requirements of this section.
  S  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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