This section establishes a Bureau of Mineral Resources within the Department of Environmental Conservation, which has the authority to regulate the exploration and mining for oil and gas resources in New York State. The regulations include permitting and reporting requirements for exploration or production well drilling or deepening, well spacing, drilling practices, well plugging and abandonment, secondary recovery and pressure maintenance, and transportation of oil or gas products. Special regulations apply to mining activities located on Bass Island.
These regulations define the role of the Department of Environmental Conservation in administering a regulatory program within identified coastal erosion hazard areas and establish standards for the issuance of coastal erosion management permits by the department. Land use, development and other activities are regulated in coastal areas subject to coastal flooding and erosion to minimize or prevent damage or destruction to manmade property, natural protective features, other natural resources, and to protect human life.
No regulated activity or development is allowed to take place on lands used for flood control purposes unless a permit is obtained. These regulations describe provisions for the application, issuance, term, and revocation of such permits.
These regulations provide procedures to propose a reclassification of State waters for permitting purposes. Requests must address the factual basis for reclassification, including the size, depth, surface area covered, volume, direction and rate of flow, stream gradient and temperature of the water; character of the district bordering said waters and its suitability for residential, agricultural, industrial or recreational purposes; the uses which have been made, are being made or may be made, of said waters; and the existing quality of said waters.
These regulations provide permit requirements applicable to proposed projects which may require the disturbance of protected streams; the construction, reconstruction, repair, breaching, or removal of dams; the construction, reconstruction, or repair of docks, piers, wharfs, platforms, breakwaters, and the installation of moorings in, on, or above navigable waters of the State; and excavation or placement of fill in navigable waters.
New York exempts retail sales of wood used for residential heating purposes from the state sales tax. The law also permits local governments (municipalities and counties) to grant an exemption from local sales taxes. If a city with a population of 1 million or more chooses to grant the local exemption, it must enact a specific resolution that appears in the state law. Local sales tax rates in New York range from 1.5% to more than 4% in addition to the general state sales tax rate of 4%.
Enacted in August 1997, this personal income tax credit originally applied to expenditures on solar-electric (PV) equipment used on residential property. The credit, equal to 25% percent of the cost of equipment and installation, was expanded in August 2005 to include solar-thermal equipment. The solar-thermal provisions apply to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2006. The credit is capped at $3,750 for solar-energy systems placed in service before September 1, 2006, and capped at $5,000 for solar-energy systems placed in service on or after September 1, 2006.
'''''The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has extended the Participation Agreements of the Assisted Home Performance Program Lenders. Lenders may continue to offer customers access to the Residential Loan Fund Program through December 31, 2012.'''''
New York Governor George Pataki signed Executive Order No. 111 to promote "Green and Clean" State Buildings and Vehicles on June 10, 2001. The renewable-power procurement component of this order commits the state government to purchase a portion of its electric power from renewable energy resources -- at least 10% from resources such as wind, solar thermal, photovoltaics (solar electric), sustainably managed biomass, tidal, geothermal, methane waste and fuel cells by 2005, increasing to 20% by 2010.