AB-1905: Natural gas injection and storage: study. Wilk

Session Year: 2015-2016

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An act to add Section 3270.7 to the Public Resources Code, relating to oil and gas, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

AB 1905, Assembly Member Wilk. Natural gas injection and storage: study.

Under existing law, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, stimulation, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. Existing law requires the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to complete an independent scientific study on well stimulation treatments, as specified.

The bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, on or before July 1, 2017, to cause to be conducted, and completed, an independent scientific study on natural gas injection and storage practices and facilities, as specified.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote Required: two_thirds Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program: no

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

SECTION 1. Section 3270.7 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:
3270.7.

On or before July 1, 2017, the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency shall cause to be conducted, and completed, an independent scientific study on natural gas injection and storage practices and facilities. The scientific study shall evaluate the hazards and risks and potential hazards and risks that natural gas injection and storage pose to natural resources and public, occupational, and environmental health and safety. The scientific study shall do all of the following:

(a)Follow the well-established standard protocols of the scientific profession, including, but not limited to, the use of recognized experts, peer review, and publication.

(b)(1)Identify and evaluate natural gas storage injection well construction standards and operation techniques for both existing natural gas storage injection wells and for newly drilled natural gas storage injection wells.

(2)Determine the average age of injection wells at gas storage facilities in the state and evaluate whether the construction standards used in aging wells are adequate to continue to protect natural resources and public, occupational, and environmental health and safety.

(c)Identify the proximity of existing natural gas storage facilities in the state to residential development and the risks posed by those facilities to nearby residential development.

(d)(1)Identify the chemicals currently used as odorants at natural gas storage facilities in the state and the public health and environmental risks posed by those odorants.

(2)Evaluate potential alternatives to the odorants currently in use to determine if there are any feasible alternative odorants that pose a lower risk to public and environmental health.

(e)Evaluate the current state regulatory structure for natural gas injection and storage facilities and recommend measures that would better protect natural resources and public, occupational, and environmental health and safety while still maintaining energy reliability.

(f)Clearly identify where additional information is necessary to inform and improve the analyses.

SEC. 2.

This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:

Due to a leak of primarily methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from the Southern California Gas Company Aliso Canyon SS-25 well that began on October 23, 2015, the unknown effects on the community of and surrounding Porter Ranch must be studied at the earliest possible time, independent from Southern California Gas Company and in order to prevent future harm from similar events, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.

Bill Version

April 07, 2016 - Amended in Assembly

Bill Activity

Introduced by

Assembly Member Wilk
February 11, 2016

Amended in Assembly

April 07, 2016

Votes

Date Result Location Ayes Noes NVR Motion
04/04/16 (PASS) Asm Natural Resources 8 0 0 Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on [Appropriations]
  Ayes: Williams, Jones, Cristina Garcia, Gomez, Harper, McCarty, Mark Stone, Wood
  No Votes Recorded: Hadley

History

Date Action
05/27/16 In committee: Held under submission.
04/20/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
04/11/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/07/16 Read second time and amended.
04/06/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 4).
03/09/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
04/20/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
04/11/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/07/16 Read second time and amended.
04/06/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 4).
03/09/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
04/11/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/07/16 Read second time and amended.
04/06/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 4).
03/09/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
04/07/16 Read second time and amended.
04/06/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 4).
03/09/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
04/06/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 4).
03/09/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
03/09/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
02/25/16 Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
02/12/16 From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.
02/11/16 Read first time. To print.

Bill Analysis

Date Analysis
04/18/16 Assembly Appropriations
03/31/16 Assembly Natural Resources

Today's Law as Amended

Status

Bill Status
Measure: AB-1905
Lead Authors: Wilk
Principal Coauthors: -
Coauthors: -
Topic: Natural gas injection and storage: study.
31st Day in Print: 03/13/16
Title: An act to add Section 3270.7 to the Public Resources Code, relating to oil and gas, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
House Location: Assembly
Introduced Date: 02/11/16
Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Committee Process
Two_thirds Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-Local Program
Urgency
Non-Tax Levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
05/27/16 In committee: Held under submission.
04/20/16 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
04/11/16 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
04/07/16 Read second time and amended.
04/06/16 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (April 4).

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