A bill allowing state authorities to commence the development of natural gas storage facilities and the construction of underground pipelines to meet the state’s energy demands has been passed by the Senate Committee on Communications, Energy and Public Utilities.
If approved, the bill — “Underground Natural Gas Storage” — will declare underground gas storage to be in the public interest.
will also grant authority to the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection to issue permits to establish natural gas storage facilities
and provides for legal action against a person who obstructs the
transmission, storage or recovery of natural gas, and it will create the
regulation of the natural gas storage facilities.
bill also seeks to promote conservation of natural gas; makes gas more
readily available for domestic, commercial and industrial users; as well
as enable the accumulation of large quantities of gas in reserve for
emergencies and periods of peak demands.
Greg Evers, R-Crestview, making a proposal to the lawmakers on the
viability of the project in Florida, said, “The passage of the natural
gas storage will enable the commencement of the construction of the
natural gas pipeline, which will incorporate the building of three
natural gas pipelines within the state of Florida.”
explained that there are two pipelines currently in Florida, including
Florida Gas Transmission Pipelines and Gulf Stream Natural Gas System,
with another pending proposal for the building of a third natural gas
pipeline to be owned by the state.
have revealed that Florida is not a large producer of natural gas, so
it must import most of the supply needed for utilities and consumers
there are no existing underground natural gas storage facilities in
Florida and there are no regulatory provisions and rules for the storage
of underground natural gas. The bill will address this.
of the natural gas demand in Florida is served by two interstate
pipelines delivering up to 4.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural