SB 442-1_ Filed 03/17/2005, 11:40
Adopted 3/17/2005


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COMMITTEE REPORT


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MR. SPEAKER:
    Your Committee on       Natural Resources     , to which was referred       Senate Bill 442     , has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the House with the recommendation that said bill be amended as follows:

SOURCE: Page 2, line 23; (05)AM044201.2. -->     Page 2, between lines 23 and 24, begin a new paragraph and insert:
SOURCE: IC 14-37-7-3; (05)AM044201.6. -->     "SECTION 6. IC 14-37-7-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 3. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), if a well for oil and gas purposes is proposed to be drilled:
        (1) on land underlaid by an inactive underground mine; or
        (2) on land within the permit boundaries of an active underground mine permitted under IC 14-34;
an owner or operator shall, if the well is to be completed as a producing well and regardless of whether the well is drilled through a pillar, run an intermediate string of casing from the surface to a point at least fifty (50) feet below the base of the commercially minable coal resource or the mine floor.
     (b) Upon written application to the director by a person that proposes to drill a well described in subsection (a), the director may

grant a variance from the requirements of subsection (a) if:
        (1) with respect to a proposed well on land described in subsection (a)(1), written consent to the variance is given by:
            (A) the permittee under IC 14-34; or
            (B) the person that has the right to develop the coal resource; or
        (2) with respect to a proposed well on land described in subsection (a)(2), written consent to the variance is given by the coal mine operator under IC 14-34.
    (c) If a variance is granted under subsection (b), the well must be completed:
        (1) in the manner required under section 4 or 5 of this chapter; and
        (2) in a manner that prevents the following:
            (A) Waste.
            (B) Fresh water pollution.
            (C) Blowouts.
            (D) Cavings.
            (E) Seepages.
            (F) Fires.
            (G) Unreasonably detrimental effects upon fish, wildlife, and botanical resources.
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    Renumber all SECTIONS consecutively.
    (Reference is to SB 442 as printed February 1, 2005.)

and when so amended that said bill do pass.

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Representative Hoffman


AM044201/DI 52    2005