Program Authorization: La. Const. Article IX, Sec. 1; R.S. 30:4
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
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.
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
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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)
11 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
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