Bill Summary for S 786 (2013-2014)

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May 21 2014

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 786 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 15, 2014
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO (1) EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A MODERN REGULATORY PROGRAM FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION IN THE STATE AND THE USE OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TREATMENTS FOR THAT PURPOSE; (2) ENACT OR MODIFY CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS FROM REQUIREMENTS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT APPLICABLE TO RULES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION IN THE STATE AND THE USE OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TREATMENTS FOR THAT PURPOSE; (3) AUTHORIZE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS FOR OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES SIXTY DAYS AFTER APPLICABLE RULES BECOME EFFECTIVE; (4) CREATE THE NORTH CAROLINA OIL AND GAS COMMISSION AND RECONSTITUTE THE NORTH CAROLINA MINING COMMISSION; (5) AMEND MISCELLANEOUS STATUTES GOVERNING OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES; (6) ESTABLISH A SEVERANCE TAX APPLICABLE TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES; (7) AMEND MISCELLANEOUS STATUTES UNRELATED TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES; AND (8) DIRECT STUDIES ON VARIOUS ISSUES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON ENERGY POLICY.
Intro. by Rucho, Newton, Brock.

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Senate amendment #5 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amends GS 113-423(f) to require that owner/operators must pay for the reasonable costs involved in having an approved third party test water supplies from proposed wellheads at least 30 days prior to drilling as well as at least five follow-up tests 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after production has begun and a test within 30 days after completion of production (previously, required the owner/operator to conduct the test without mentioning payment, with a third-party tester being an option but not required, and only required two follow-up tests within 24 months after production has ceased at that site).

Provides that the results from testing that are required to be submitted to DENR will be considered public record under GS Chapter 132, with results being posted to DENR's website within 30 days of receipt.

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