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SB-773 Oil and gas: well records.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 773


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 3210.5 to the Public Resources Code, relating to oil and gas.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 773, as introduced, Stern. Oil and gas: well records.
(1) Existing law requires the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to regulate the drilling and operation of wells used for the purpose of producing oil and gas. Existing law requires an owner or operator of a well to keep, or cause to be kept, a careful and accurate log, core record, and history of the drilling of the well. Under existing law, a person who fails to comply with this and other requirements relating to the regulation of oil or gas operations is guilty of a misdemeanor.
This bill would provide that it is the policy of the state that information sufficient to competently and completely characterize each well, including after plugging and abandonment, be maintained by the state. The bill would require the State Oil and Gas Supervisor to ensure compliance with this policy. Because a violation of an order or regulation implementing these provisions would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 3210.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

3210.5.
 It is the policy of the state that information sufficient to competently and completely characterize each well, including after plugging and abandonment pursuant to Section 3208, be maintained by the state. The supervisor shall ensure compliance with this policy.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.