February 18, 2016, Introduced by Rep. Lucido and referred to the Committee on Energy Policy.


     A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled


"Natural resources and environmental protection act,"


by amending section 61506b (MCL 324.61506b), as added by 1998 PA






     Sec. 61506b. (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and


(3), beginning on the effective date of this section, the


supervisor shall not issue a permit for or authorize the drilling


of an oil or gas well if both of the following apply:


     (a) The well is in a county with a population of 750,000 or


more unless all of the following conditions are met:


     (a) The proposed well will be located within 450 at least


1,320 feet of from a residential building.

     (b) The residential building is located in a city or township


with a population of 70,000 or more.


     (b) The location of the proposed well and the operation of the


proposed well will be in compliance with applicable local




     (c) The department has held a public hearing in the city,


village, or township in which the proposed well is located and has


considered the public input from that public hearing.


     (2) The supervisor may grant a waiver from the requirement of


subsection (1)(a) if the clerk of the city, village, or township in


which the proposed well is located has been notified of the


application for a permit for the proposed well and if either of the


following conditions is met:


     (a) The owner or owners of all residential buildings located


within 450 1,320 feet of the proposed well give written consent.


     (b) The supervisor determines, pursuant to a public hearing


held before the waiver is granted, that the proposed well location


will not cause waste and there is no reasonable alternative for the


location of the well that will allow the oil and gas rights holder


to develop the oil and gas.


     (3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a well utilized for the


injection, withdrawal, and observation of the storage of natural


gas pursuant to this part.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days


after the date it is enacted into law.