Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    The legislation will require the DOH to develop a temporary natural gas resource transportation system with permits and signage denoting the roadways impacted. It will require the DOH to issue a permit to a well owner for two year period with a one-time extension.
    The DOH will need to have at least one employee in each district stationed in the field monitoring the well roads to determine any violations.
    Additionally, office personnel will require at least one supervisor to develop permits and coordinate with the Division of Environmental Protection. One clerk will be needed to assist in the tracking of all the permits.
    While no funding is specifically allocated, 17C-17C-5(f) requires the DOH to develop a schedule of permit fees.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 -995,000 -995,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

    Engineering Technician w/overhead $60,000
    1 4x4 Vehicle 11,000
     Subtotal $71,000
     x 10 Districts 10
    Total Cost of In-field Monitoring $710,000
    1 Office Supervisor w/overhead $60,000
    1 Clerk w/overhead 45,000
    Total Central Office Personnel $105,000
    Signage $ 450
    20 roads w/2 signs x 10 districts 400
    Total Signage costs $180,000
    *Costs can be offset by a fee schedule as noted in 17C-17C-5(f)


    1. The bill states in 17C-17C-5 that a permit issued by the DOH shall only be for two years with a one-time one-year extension. This may not be a sufficient time frame.
    2. The DOH has worked with the industry to develop a highway maintenance policy which addresses well owners involved in both the small wells and the large Marcellus wells. The policy provides options for both types of well owners:
    1. Agreements for large wells
    2. Permits for small wells
    3. Bonding options based on single, district or statewide well drilling
    4. Allows for negotiations on bonding amounts for district or statewide use.
    The policy has been accepted by both WVONGA and IOGA.

    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Kathy Holtsclaw
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