NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 451 of 1994
324.62508 Supervisor of mineral wells; powers.
The supervisor of mineral wells, acting directly or through his or her deputy or authorized representative, may do any of the following:
(a) Make inspections and provide for the keeping of records and checking on the accuracy thereof.
(b) Require the locating, drilling, deepening, reworking, reopening, casing, sealing, injecting, mechanical and chemical treating, and plugging of wells subject to this part to be accomplished in a manner that is designed to prevent surface and underground waste.
(c) Designate after public hearing those areas of the state in which there is no known or potential danger of surface or underground waste from test well drilling and in which permits to drill test wells are not required.
(d) Require on all wells the keeping and filing of logs containing data that are appropriate to the purposes of this part. Logs on brine and test wells shall be held confidential for 10 years after completion and shall not be open to public inspection during that time except by written consent of the owner or operator. Logs for test wells drilled for exploratory purposes shall be held confidential until released by the owner or operator. The logs on all brine and test wells for exploratory purposes shall be opened to public inspection when the owner is no longer an active mineral producer, mineral lease holder, or owner of mineral lands in this state.
(e) Require on storage and waste disposal wells, when specified by the supervisor of mineral wells, the keeping and filing of drillers' logs and sample logs, the running and filing of electrical and radioactivity logs, and the keeping and filing of drill cuttings, cores, water samples, pilot injection test records, operating records, and other reports.
(f) Release to the department or the commission, for meetings and hearings, only data described in this section that are necessary to the administration of this part in the prevention or correction of surface or underground waste.
(g) Order through written notice the immediate suspension or prompt correction of any operation, condition, or practice found to exist that is causing, resulting in, or threatening to cause or result in surface or underground waste.
(h) Require the filing of an adequate surety or security bond and provide for the release of that surety or security bond.
(i) Qualify persons for blanket permits.
History: Add. 1995, Act 57, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995
Popular Name: Act 451
Popular Name: NREPA
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