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Substitute Senate Bill No. 1158

Public Act No. 03-148

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MORATORIUM ON PROJECTS IN LONG ISLAND SOUND.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 25-157 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, no state agency, including, but not limited to, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Siting Council, shall consider or render a final decision for any applications relating to electric power line crossings, gas pipeline crossings or telecommunications crossings of Long Island Sound that has required or will require a certificate issued pursuant to section 16-50k or approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission including, but not limited to, electrical power line, gas pipeline or telecommunications applications that are pending or received after June 3, 2002, for a period of [one year] two years after June 3, 2002. Such moratorium shall not apply to applications relating solely to the maintenance, repair or replacement necessary for repair of electrical power lines, gas pipelines or telecommunications facilities currently used to provide service to customers located on islands or peninsulas off the Connecticut coast or harbors, embayments, tidal rivers, streams or creeks. Nothing in section 16-244j, this section or sections 25-157a to 25-157c, inclusive, shall be construed to affect the project in the corridor across Long Island Sound, from Norwalk to Northport, New York, to replace the existing electric cables that cross the sound. [During such twelve-month moratorium on applications relating to crossings of Long Island Sound, the Institute of Sustainable Energy at the Eastern Connecticut State University shall chair and convene a task force of the parties described in section 25-157a in order to undertake the tasks described in section 25-157a. ]

Approved June 26, 2003