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SB-188 State lands: leasing: oil and gas.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/08/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 08, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 188


Introduced by Senator Jackson Senators Jackson, De León, and Lara
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Limón and Muratsuchi)
(Coauthors: Senators Galgiani and Stern)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Bloom)

January 25, 2017


An act to add Section 6501.4 to the Public Resources Code, relating to state lands.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 188, as amended, Jackson. State lands: leasing: oil and gas.
Existing law vests exclusive jurisdiction over ungranted tidelands and submerged lands owned by the state to the State Lands Commission. Existing law confers the powers of the commission as to leasing or granting of rights or privileges to lands owned by the state upon a local trustee of granted public trust lands to which those lands have been granted.
This bill would prohibit the commission and the local trustees of granted public trust lands from entering into any new lease or other conveyance that authorizes the exploration for, or the development and production of, oil and natural gas upon those lands. The bill would prohibit the commission and the local trustees of granted public trust lands from entering into any lease renewal, extension, or modification that authorizes a lessee to engage in new or additional exploration, development, or production of oil and natural gas.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 6501.4 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

6501.4.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, the following definitions provisions apply:
(1) “Commission” means the State Lands Commission or a local trustee of granted public trust lands, as defined pursuant to Section 6306.
(2) “Development” means those activities taking place following the discovery of oil and natural gas, including geophysical activity, drilling, platform construction, pipeline construction, and operation of all onshore support facilities that are performed for the purpose of ultimately producing the resources discovered.
(3) “Exploration” means the process of searching for oil and natural gas, including any drilling, whether on or off known geological structures, including the drilling of a well in which a discovery of oil or natural gas is made and the drilling of any additional delineation well after the discovery that is needed to delineate any reservoir and to enable a lessee to determine whether to proceed with the development and production.
(4) (A) “New or additional exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas” includes any activity undertaken to increase the capacity of any pipeline or other infrastructure used to convey oil or natural gas.
(B)  “New or additional exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas” does not include any activity undertaken to repair, replace, or maintain any pipeline or other infrastructure used to convey oil or natural gas or any other activity necessary to ensure the safe operation of infrastructure used in the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas.
(5) “Production” means those activities that take place after the successful completion of any means for the removal of oil and natural gas, including that removal, field operations, transfer of resources to shore, operation monitoring, maintenance, and work-over drilling. “Producing” means undertaking those activities.
(b) The commission shall not enter into any new lease or other conveyance that authorizes the exploration for, or the development and production of, oil or natural gas upon lands owned by the state and under the jurisdiction of the commission that are located seaward of the ordinary high water mark for tidal waterways and the ordinary low water mark for navigable nontidal waterways.
(c) The commission shall not enter into any lease renewal, extension, or modification that authorizes a lessee to engage in new or additional exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas upon lands owned by the state and under the jurisdiction of the commission that are located seaward of the ordinary high water mark for tidal waterways and the ordinary low water mark for navigable nontidal waterways.