Bill Summary for H 172 (2015-2016)

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Mar 9 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 172 (Public) Filed Monday, March 9, 2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE MINING AND ENERGY COMMISSION, TO ADOPT RULES ESTABLISHING TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO MINIMIZE LEAKS AND OTHER UNPERMITTED RELEASES OF AIR POLLUTANTS FROM ACTIVITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE ASSOCIATED WITH GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, PROCESSING, AND COMPRESSION INFRASTRUCTURE.
Intro. by Pendleton, Malone, Dollar.

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Amends GS 113-391(a3) to require the Environmental Management Commission to establish, after considering recommendations from the Mining and Energy Commission, technical standards and practices to minimize emissions of air toxics, volatile organic compounds, and other air pollutants as well as minimizing leaks resulting from activities and infrastructure used in the exploration, development, production, processing, and compression of natural gas. Sets out criteria that must be included in the standards and practices, including minimum standards for an instrument-based leak detection and repair program. 

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