Bill Summary for S 820 (2011-2012)

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Jun 14 2012

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View NCGA Bill Details2011-2012 Session
Senate Bill 820 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 17, 2012
TO: (1) ESTABLISH AN OIL AND GAS BOARD WITH JURISDICTION AND AUTHORITY OVER MATTERS RELATED TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE, INCLUDING THE USE OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FOR THAT PURPOSE, AND TO DIRECT THE BOARD TO CREATE A MODERN REGULATORY PROGRAM FOR MANAGEMENT OF OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE, INCLUDING THE USE OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FOR THAT PURPOSE; (2) AUTHORIZE THE PROCESSES OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FOR THE PURPOSE OF OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE AND PLACE A MORATORIUM ON PERMITTING RELATED TO THOSE PROCESSES UNTIL JULY 1, 2014; (3) ENACT VARIOUS OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO MANAGEMENT OF OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING PROVISIONS RELATED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY OVER THESE ACTIVITIES; (4) ESTABLISH THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON ENERGY POLICY WITH LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT OF ALL MATTERS RELATED TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE, AND OTHER ENERGY-RELATED ISSUES; (5) DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO PURCHASE SCHOOL BUSES THAT OPERATE ON COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (CNG); (6) DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PURCHASE NEW THREE-QUARTER TON PICK UP TRUCKS AND NEW ONE-HALF TON PICK UP TRUCKS THAT OPERATE ON COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (CNG) OR COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (CNG) AND GASOLINE; (7) CREATE AN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE TO ESTABLISH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (CNG) FUELING INFRASTRUCTURE; (8) ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR THE OPERATION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS LOCATED AT STATE-OWNED REST STOPS ALONG THE HIGHWAYS; (9) ENSURE THE USE OF FUEL-EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFICIENT RETREAD TIRES ON STATE VEHICLES; AND (10) AMEND THE ENERGY JOBS ACT OF 2011 IF THE ENERGY JOBS ACT OF 2011 BECOMES LAW, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION ENERGY ISSUES POLICY COMMITTEE.
Intro. by Rucho, Blake, Walters.

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House amendments make the following changes to 3rd edition.
Amendment #1 modifies one of the Governor’s appointments to the NC Mining and Energy Commission (Commission).
Amendment #2 requires the notice of the lessor or lessee’s right to withdraw from the lease to be boldly and conspicuously included in all leases.
Amendment #3 makes a clarifying change to the definition of lessor.
Amendment #4 moves powers previously assigned to the Commission and places them under the purview of the Committee on Mining. Adds a duty to the Committee’s list. Makes clarifying changes to the Commission’s powers, and specifies that all rules adopted by the Commission are enforced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Makes clarifying changes to remove the term “mineral rights.”

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