AB 1328

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly Feb 22, 2019
  • Passed Assembly May 23, 2019
  • Passed Senate Sep 11, 2019
  • Signed by Governor Oct 12, 2019

Oil and gas: notice of intention to abandon well: study of fugitive emissions from idle, idle-deserted, and abandoned wells.

Abstract

Under existing law, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. Existing law requires the owner or operator of a well to file a written notice of intention to commence well abandonment with, and prohibits any abandonment until approval is given by, the State Oil and Gas Supervisor or district deputy. Under existing law, the notice is deemed approved if the supervisor or district deputy fails to respond to the notice in writing within 10 working days from receipt and is deemed canceled if operations have not commenced within one year of receipt. This bill would extend the time period to commence abandonment operations from one year to 24 months before the notice is deemed canceled. Under existing law, any owner or operator of a well, or employee thereof, who refuses to permit the supervisor or the district deputy, or their inspector, to inspect a well, or who willfully hinders or delays the enforcement of provisions relating to the regulation of oil or gas operations, is guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill would require the division, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, to initiate a study to be conducted by independent experts of fugitive emissions from idle, idle-deserted, and abandoned wells in the state, as provided. The bill would require oil and gas operators with wells selected for purposes of sampling under these provisions to (1) make reasonable efforts to permit access to the wells to the division and the independent experts contracted to undertake the study if adequate notice is provided to the operator to ensure appropriate safety precautions are taken at the well site, and (2) submit to the division a certification stating that no action was taken to reduce emissions from the sampling site within 72 hours of the sampling taking place so as to reduce the value of measurements taken. Because a violation of these requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2022, to post all results of testing conducted pursuant to the study on the department's internet website in a machine-readable format. The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2021, to produce and post an interim progress report describing the status of the study on the department's internet website. The bill would require the independent experts contracted to undertake the study, on or before July 1, 2022, to complete a written document that includes an executive summary of the findings, a description of the results, the findings, and an estimate of hydrocarbon emissions from the state's idle, idle-deserted, and abandoned wells, and would require, before public release, the written document to be provided for peer review and comments, to the operators whose wells were included in the sample, and to a group of independent experts and nongovernmental organizations selected by the division. The bill would require the division, on or before January 1, 2023, to make the results of the study, as per the required written document, available on its internet website. 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.

Bill Sponsors (1)

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Oct 12, 2019

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 772, Statutes of 2019.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 19, 2019

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.

Sep 12, 2019

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 60. Noes 6. Page 3513.).

Sep 11, 2019

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 33. Noes 4. Page 2816.).

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Sep 09, 2019

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 06, 2019

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 30, 2019

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 6. Noes 1.) (August 30).

Aug 12, 2019

Senate

In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Jul 05, 2019

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
  • Amendment-Passage
Com. on APPR.

Jul 03, 2019

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (July 3).

Jun 25, 2019

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on EQ. (Ayes 7. Noes 1.) (June 25). Re-referred to Com. on EQ.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on EQ.

Jun 13, 2019

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
  • Amendment-Passage
Com. on N.R. & W.

Jun 06, 2019

Senate

Referred to Coms. on N.R. & W. and EQ.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on N.R. & W. and EQ.

May 24, 2019

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 23, 2019

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 47. Noes 24. Page 1890.)

May 20, 2019

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 16, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 12. Noes 5.) (May 16).

May 08, 2019

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Apr 24, 2019

Assembly

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Apr 09, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 3.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 21, 2019

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on NAT. RES.

Mar 20, 2019

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. Read second time and amended.

Mar 11, 2019

Assembly

Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on NAT. RES.

Feb 25, 2019

Assembly

Read first time.

Feb 23, 2019

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 25.

Feb 22, 2019

Assembly

Introduced. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB1328 HTML
02/22/19 - Introduced PDF
03/20/19 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/13/19 - Amended Senate PDF
07/05/19 - Amended Senate PDF
09/06/19 - Amended Senate PDF
09/18/19 - Enrolled PDF
10/12/19 - Chaptered PDF

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