Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets.

Bill

Status

Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (9-Y 0-N)

Date Updated

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

VPA Position

Description

Authorizes the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (Department) to require disclosure of chemical ingredient names, chemical abstracts numbers, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well notwithstanding exclusion from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act as a trade secret. The bill authorizes the Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (Director) to disclose such information to additional Department staff or state or local officials to assist the Department in responding to an emergency. The bill prohibits such individuals from disseminating such information further. The bill requires the Director to notify the party that submitted the trade secret of disclosure as soon as practicable. The bill prohibits orders issued pursuant to § 45.1-361.27 from including trade secret information.

Amendment:

1. After line 96, introduced

insert

K. The applicant for a drilling permit shall provide to the governing body of the locality in which a well is proposed to be located information necessary for the local government to access the safety data sheet, as defined in 29 C.F.R.1910.1200, for each of the chemical materials and products proposed for use in the well completion process. Such information shall be provided to the local government within seven days of the date the permit application is submitted to the Department.

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