HOUSE BILL No. 5700

 

June 12, 2014, Introduced by Reps. Franz, Kelly, Goike, Bumstead, MacMaster and LaVoy and referred to the Committee on Energy and Technology.

 

     A bill to amend 1969 PA 165, entitled

 

"An act to authorize the public service commission to establish and

enforce gas safety standards; and to provide penalties for

violations thereof,"

 

by amending the title and section 10 (MCL 483.160), as amended by

 

1992 PA 11, and by adding section 10a.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

TITLE

 

     An act to authorize the public service commission to establish

 

and enforce gas safety standards; to prohibit the siting of wind

 

turbines near gas pipelines; and to provide penalties. for

 

violations thereof.

 

     Sec. 10. (1) This Except for section 10a, this act does not

 

apply to a pipeline facility or the transportation of gas subject


 

to the jurisdiction of the federal energy regulatory commission

 

under the natural gas act, chapter 556, 52 Stat. 821, 15 U.S.C. 15

 

USC 717 to 717w.

 

     (2) This act applies to a person engaged in interstate

 

commerce. other than However, except for section 10a, this act does

 

not apply to a person subject to the jurisdiction of the federal

 

energy regulatory commission.

 

     Sec. 10a. (1) A person shall not construct a wind turbine with

 

a name plate capacity of more than 100 kilowatts at a distance from

 

a distribution line, gathering line, or transmission line that is

 

less than or equal to 2 times the height of the wind turbine.

 

     (2) As used in this section:

 

     (a) "Distribution line" means a pipeline other than a

 

gathering or transmission line.

 

     (b) "Gathering line" means a pipeline that transports gas from

 

a current production facility to a transmission line.

 

     (c) "Transmission line" means a pipeline, other than a

 

gathering line, that does any of the following:

 

     (i) Transports gas from a gathering line or storage facility to

 

a gas distribution center, storage facility, or large-volume

 

customer that is not downstream from a gas distribution center.

 

     (ii) Operates at a hoop stress of 20% or more of specified

 

minimum yield strength.

 

     (iii) Transports gas within a storage field.