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SB-419 Oil and gas: regulation: strategic plan.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/12/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 419


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 12, 2021


An act to amend Section 3011 of the Public Resources Code, relating to oil and gas.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 419, as introduced, Stern. Oil and gas: regulation: strategic plan.
Under existing law, the Geologic Energy Management Division in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. Existing law requires the State Oil and Gas Supervisor to supervise the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of wells and the operation, maintenance, and removal or abandonment of tanks and facilities related to oil and gas production within an oil and gas field, so as to prevent damage to life, health, property, and natural resources, as provided; to permit owners and operators of wells to utilize all known methods and practices to increase the ultimate recovery of hydrocarbons; and to perform the supervisor’s duties in a manner that encourages the wise development of oil and gas resources to best meet oil and gas needs in this state. Existing law specifies that the purposes of provisions relating to oil and gas conservation include protecting public health and safety and environmental quality, including reduction and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the development of hydrocarbon and geothermal resources in a manner that meets the energy needs of the state.
The bill would require the division to develop a strategic plan through a public process that incorporates those purposes consistent with the supervisor’s authority described above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 3011 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

3011.
 (a) The purposes of this division include protecting public health and safety and environmental quality, including reduction and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the development of hydrocarbon and geothermal resources in a manner that meets the energy needs of the state.
(b) The supervisor shall coordinate with other state agencies and entities described in subdivision (f) of Section 38501 of the Health and Safety Code in furtherance of the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code) and to help support the state’s clean energy goals.
(c) The division shall develop a strategic plan through a public process that incorporates the purposes described in subdivisions (a) and (b) consistent with the supervisor’s authority pursuant to Section 3106.