House Bill 1555
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Coal bed methane property. Requires the natural resources commission to: (1) regulate coal bed methane wells; (2) establish alternative spacing, unit, and bonding requirements for coal bed methane wells and coal mine methane wells; and (3) adopt rules to regulate coal bed methane production. Redefines a commercially minable coal resource for purposes of oil and gas drilling statutes, and allows an owner or lessee of coal to file an affidavit identifying a commercially minable coal resource. Provides for regulation of coal bed methane wells and other gas wells in a similar manner. Adjusts notice requirements with respect to logging on oil and gas land. Allows an owner or operator of a coal mine to burn by flares coal bed methane under certain circumstances. Provides for the establishment of an estate in land with respect to coal bed methane comparable to an estate that may be established under current law with respect to oil and gas. Limits the exercise of rights in certain circumstances under a coal bed methane estate if the exercise affects miner safety or coal resources. Establishes relative rights between a coal estate in land and a coal bed methane estate in land. Provides that certain oil and gas statutes do not apply to methane ventilation governed under an approved federal Mine Safety and Health Administration coal mine ventilation plan. Requires the division of oil and gas to post on its web site each oil, gas, or coal bed methane permit application. Prohibits the division from issuing a permit less than 14 days after the posting.
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