Legislature(1993 - 1994)

02/16/1993 11:10 AM O&G

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              SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON OIL & GAS                            
                        February 16, 1993                                      
                           11:10 a.m.                                          
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
  Senator Loren Leman, Chairman                                                
  Senator Rick Halford                                                         
  Senator Bert Sharp                                                           
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
  Senator Judith Salo                                                          
  Senator Al Adams                                                             
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
  SENATE BILL NO. 81                                                           
  "An  Act repealing  the 65-day  time limit  for  approval or                 
  disapproval of a proposed oil  discharge contingency plan by                 
  the Department of  Environmental Conservation; and providing                 
  for an effective date."                                                      
  SENATE BILL NO. 90                                                           
  "An Act clarifying powers  and duties of state  officials in                 
  relation to a  disaster emergency  caused by a  catastrophic                 
  oil discharge or the release of a hazardous substance."                      
  PREVIOUS ACTION                                                              
  SB 81 - See Oil & Gas minutes dated 2/9/93.                                  
  SB 90 - No previous action to record.                                        
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
  Jeff Morrison, Legislative Liaison                                           
  Department of Military and Veterans Affairs                                  
  P.O. Box 110900                                                              
  Juneau, Alaska 99811-0900                                                    
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported SB 90.                                        
  Janice Adair, Assistant Commissioner                                         
  Department of Environmental Conservation                                     
  410 Willoughby Ave., #105                                                    
  Juneau, Alaska 99801-1795                                                    
  POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported SB 90.                                        
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
  TAPE 93-2, SIDE A                                                            
  Number 001                                                                   
  SENATOR  LEMAN called the  Special Committee on  Oil and Gas                 
  meeting to order  at 11:10 a.m.  and announced SB 81  REPEAL                 
  65-DAY DEADLINE: OIL SPILL PLANS to be up for consideration.                 
  SENATOR SHARP  moved to discharge SB 81  from Committee with                 
  individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it                 
  was so ordered.                                                              
  SENATOR  LEMAN  announced  SB  90  DECLARATION  OF  DISASTER                 
  EMERGENCIES to be up for consideration.                                      
  JEFF MORRISON, Legislative Liaison, Division of Military and                 
  Veterans Affairs, and JANICE  ADAIR, Assistant Commissioner,                 
  Department   of   Environmental  Conservation,   joined  the                 
  MR. MORRISON said the bill is basically in two sections; the                 
  second section  is primarily  a housekeeping  section.   The                 
  first section eliminates confusion  by deleting the language                 
  saying  something  is  automatically a  disaster.    This is                 
  confusing because there  are two  different ways a  disaster                 
  can  be declared.   The Commissioners  of the  Department of                 
  Environmental Conservation  and the  Department of  Military                 
  and Veteran's Affairs executed a memorandum agreeing to work                 
  with this situation until it is  clarified.  This bill takes                 
  away  the automatic declaration and puts  in statute that an                 
  emergency  isn't  declared   until  it's  declared   by  the                 
  Number 115                                                                   
  JANICE ADAIR  agreed with Mr.  Morrison's testimony.   SB 90                 
  resolves the conflict satisfactorily.                                        
  Number 136                                                                   
  SENATOR  SHARP moved to discharge  SB 90 from Committee with                 
  individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it                 
  was so ordered.                                                              
  Number 151                                                                   
  SENATOR LEMAN adjourned the meeting at 11:19 a.m.                            

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