CHAPTER 528

FORMERLY

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 4

REQUIRING THAT THE STATE GEOLOGIST EVALUATE AND REPORT ON ACTIVITIES RELATED TO ENERGY EXPLORATION.

WHEREAS, the search for oil and gas and geothermal energy is being extended into new regions by innovative methods; and

WHEREAS, exploratory efforts of various types are presently underway in each of our neighboring States; and

WHEREAS. the Delaware Geological Survey finds that the basic geologic structure of part of Delaware, although largely unknown, is technically worthy of consideration for exploration; and

WHEREAS, exploration for or deveiopment of new energy resources could have significant positive or negative economic and environmental impacts; and

WHEREAS. the State Geologist, as Director of the Delaware Geological Survey, is responsible for investigations of the mineral resources of the State and for the advisement of its officials.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and the Howe of Representatives of the 133rd General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that the State Geologist shall hereby be required to evaluate all activities related to oil. gas, and geothermal energy exploration or development on land or water within the State and report his findings and recommendations promptly to the appropriate and affected agencies and officials of the State.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in order to receive and consider the report of the State Geologist any agency or official of the State approached to allow, permit, or otherwise provide for such activities shall promptly notify the State Geologist, providing details of the contact and requesting a report and recommendations.

Approved July 12, 1985.