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Program B: Public Safety

Program Authorization: La. Const. Article IX, Sec. 1; R.S. 30:4

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The exploration, production, distribution and disposal of natural gas, oil and wastes can threaten public safety and the environment. This program, as its mission, provides regulation, surveillance and enforcement activities to ensure the safety of the public and the integrity of the environment. It is the goal of this program to ensure that the public is protected from dangers from the exploration, production, distribution and disposal of natural gas, oil and waste. There are three activities in this program: Pipeline Safety, Injection Wells and Oil Field Waste Disposal Facilities, and Surface Mining.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Public Safety Program will increase the level of protection from accidents in the transportation of oil, gas and related products and in the injection disposal of hazardous wastes specifically by:

a. reducing the number of accidents in transport to 5;

b. reducing property damage caused by accidents in transport to $200,000

c. returning 150 injection wells in violation to compliance;

d. promulgating new rules related to characterization of exploration and production waste.

1 Calendar years beginning 1997.

2 The process of returning an injection well to compliance may take several years.

2. The Public Safety Program will ensure that surface mining is conducted in a manner to prevent unreasonable degradation of land and water resources while conserving the natural resources being mined. Specifically, the program will guarantee that surface mined land is restored to conditions supporting uses equal to or better than pre-mining land uses. During FY 1998-99, 1,500 acres will be fully reclaimed.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with General Fund Direct, Self-generated Revenues and Federal Funds. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from the following: closure bonds for waste site cleanup; application and regulatory fees; $12 per mile of gas pipeline inspections; $12 per mile for hazardous liquids pipeline inspections; $.08 per ton of coal mined from surface mining; and $12 per public school pipeline inspected to provide for the operational expenses of this program. The Federal Funds are derived from grant formulae from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. EPA for gas pipeline safety, hazardous liquids, surface mining, underground injection control and abandoned mine land activities.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$13,313

$2,847,346

44

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

($60,550)

(1)

 

Transferred Fishermen's Gear Activity and one position to the Office of Coastal Restoration and Management

$0

$172,515

3

 

Act 826 of the 1997 Regular Session restructures the fee system in the Office of Conservation and created the Oil and Gas Regulatory Fund and authorized 3 positions per language in Act 18

 

 

 

 

 

$13,313

$2,959,311

46

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($151)

($96,672)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$151)

$0

$48,714

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$45,141

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($103)

($3,230)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($9,835)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

$497,700

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and Other Statewide Interagency Transfer Activities

($2,834)

($88,556)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund salaries

$678,846

$678,846

11

 

Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Project for additional testing, tracking, monitoring, and auditing of oilfield waste shipments into permitted commercial disposal facilities

($10,788)

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution(s) - Replace General Funds with Fees and Self-Generated Revenues to reduce original general fund appropriation as these are no longer needed

 

 

 

 

 

$678,283

          $4,031,419

57

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$664,970

$1,072,108

11

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 136.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 95.0% of the total request ($4,244,344) for this program. The 36.2% increase is due to an Interagency Transfer from Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the Commercial Fishing Obstructions Removal Program and funding provided for the Oilfield Exploration Production Waste Project. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$45,460

 

Jack Brown for legal services for surface mining, underground injection control and commercial waste matters

 

 

 

$45,460

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$386

 

Self-generated revenues for plugging wells when the landowner is unknown and the wells pose a possible health hazard

$25,020

 

Self-generated/Federal funds for the review of Surface Mining Application and Operations through Agronomy Department, Louisiana Experiment Station, and LSU Agriculture Center

$147,600

 

Self-generated revenues to complete the closure plan and cost estimates for the Big Diamond Facility

$6,810

 

Self-generated/Federal funds for aerial photography for surface mining operations

$49,950

 

Federal funds for the Abandoned Mine Land Workplan - a statewide evaluation for abandoned mine sites

$17,202

 

Self-generated/Federal funds for laboratory testing for underground injection control and commercial waste

$497,700

 

Interagency Transfers from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to identify and remove underwater obstructions

$90,000

 

General Fund for the Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Project for additional testing, tracking, monitoring, and auditing of oilfield waste shipments into permitted commercial disposal facilities

 

 

 

$834,668

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$223,438

 

DNR - Office of the Secretary for indirect cost for administrative services from the Office of Conservation - Public Safety Division for the Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Project

$1,892

 

Division of Administration - State Register

$200,000

 

Louisiana State University for Commercial Waste Testing

 

 

 

$425,330

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$109,000

 

General Fund provided to purchase desks, chairs, computers, printers, etc. for eleven (11) new positions (2 Conservation Enforcement Agents, 1 Chemist, 1 Environmental Engineer, 4 Clerk Chiefs, 1 Secretary, 1 Soil Scientist and 1 Clerk)

 

 

 

$109,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

11 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES


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