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Joint | May 9, 2014 | Committee Room | Test Run

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It did allow however a surface owner to opt to have the department sample this water supplies in lieu of the oil and gas operator. This legislation would allow, would eliminate the option for the department to test the water supplies but in lieu of that, allow a land owner to slattern independent third party which would have to be a laboratory certified by the department's waste water- ground water laboratory certification program. At the top of page 15, the legislation would also allow the developers and operators to share analytical results with each other, and also would require them to provide the department the analytical results of testing within 30 days. The next section, section 13 is a provision that is modeled after nearly identical provision in the statutes governed hazardous waste facilities. The provision here would invalidate local ordinances that prohibit or have the affect of prohibiting oil and gas exploration development and production activities in specifically the draft would invalidate ordinances that prohibit the siding of wells, prohibit the ease of horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing or place any restriction or condition not placed by the statutes that govern oil and gas upon oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities or with those ordinances or which would in any manner be in conflict or inconsistent with the statutes governing oil and gas. The next section of the bill, section 14 on page 17, there is a new section that would outline 21, require the department to require from oil and gas operators that all the natural oil and gas stations associated with oil and gas operations be located inside a bath hold building. The next new provision on page 17, line 24 would be an explicit prohibition on the subsurface injection on waste. This is already prohibited under existing law in other statutes, the other chapters on the general statutes, but this would include that explicit prohibition in the chapter that governs oil and gas activities. The next new section would be on page 17 line 29, it's titled environmental compliance review requirements for applicants and permit holders. This provision is modeled after similar provision that is applicable to permits for land fills, and is often commonly referred to as the bad after statute. The provision would allow the department to examine an applicant and that includes their officers, directors, partners, managers, and affiliated entities for their history of an environmental compliance within our state and within federal rules and regulations as well as other states, and would authorize the department to deny a permit based on findings under their environmental compliance examination. The next new section on page 18, starting at line 23, is a provision that concerns a size-mic or Geo physical data collection. It would provide that no liability for a trespass would arrive from activities that are conducted for the purpose of size-mic or Geo physical data collection. If a person has a land owner's written consent enter the land for these activities, or if they conduct these activities by under shooting from an offside location, and without physical entry to private land. If these activities are conducted through physical entry to land without land owners written consent, that would result in violation, and it would be a class one misdemeanor. The provision further provides the persons that conduct sight.(END OF AUDIO)

?? physical data collection are civilly liable for any physical or property damage determined to be a direct result of the seismic and geophysical data collection activities, whether or not these physical activities were conducted by undershooting the land at an offsite location or by physical entry to land. The next section: Section 15, starting at line 36, on page 18, chapter 87 of the general statutes, governs water well contractors. Section 98.4 of the chapter establishes certification requirements. There are a host of exemptions under this statute to clarify that these requirements are not applicable to well contractors that are not water well contractors. So, line 49, oil and gas well contractors are exempted from these certification requirements as well. Now, Mr. Co-Chair, I'm going to turn it over to Heather for severance tax. [Speaker Changes] Thank you, ??. You guys know why we have the best staff in the world? Before Heather, before you move on, I'd like to recognize, too, the ?? members we have in the audience, Sharon Womack, thank you for being in here, Charlotte Mitchell, thank you guys for being here today. Appreciate your hard work. We have a little bit of change of schedule, I think Jeff Warren's gonna cover Severance Tax, is that correct, Jeff? (laughter) Obviously not, I believe Heather ??. Thank you very much, and you have, you have the floor. [Speaker Changes] Thank you, and I'm happy to do so [Speaker Changes] Heather, hold on, one second, ?? Haynes, I would like to extend the courtesy out to you, if you have questions, please ask them. [Speaker Changes] The Severance Tax portion is on pages 19 to 25 of the bill and it's Section 16 through 18. At this point, it may be more useful if you want to look on your bill summary on page 5 of the bill summary is a chart of the rates. It may be better to follow along by looking at the chart. The bill first repeals the old Severance Tax, since we're currently not collecting any taxes over these, under these old severance taxes. And it creates a new method to collect severance taxes on oil, gas, and related ??. The tax base for oil ??, will be the gross price paid. The tax base for gas will be the delivered to market price. As you may remember from the March presentation on severance taxes, you can either tax on the wealth people had or you can tax on the delivered to market value of the gas. And that is actually actual gross price paid minus the cost incurred by the producer to get the gas from the mouth of the well to the first purchaser. So, if you'll refer to the chart, it has the tax rate