CHAPTER 154

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 259

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 55, PART VI, TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (two—thirds of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend §5501, Chapter 55, Part VI, Title 7 of the Delaware Code by striking the first twelve words of said section, and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

The Delaware Geological Survey shall have the following purposes and objectives:"

Section 2. Amend §5505, Chapter 55, Part VI, Title 7 of the Delaware Code by striking

said section in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

§5505. Responsibilities and Duties.

The State Geologist and the acting State Geologist shall have the following responsibilities and duties:

(a) The State Geologist or the Acting 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/her findings and recommendations promptly to the appropriate and affected agencies and officials of the State. 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.

(b) The Delaware Geological Survey may receive by appropriation or transfer funds for cooperative programs with its counterpart federal agencies, including the United States Geological Survey, the United States Bureau of Mines, and the United States Minerals Management Service and shall be the only agency of the State to enter into agreements with those federal agencies.

(c) The State Geologist shall serve as the representative of the State of Delaware to the River Master of the Delaware River in accordance with the Supreme Court decree of 1954.

(d) The State Geologist or the Acting State Geologist shall prepare reports to the General Assembly showing the progress and conditions of the Survey together with such other information as it deems necessary and useful. Any reports, maps or other literature prepared and printed by the Survey shall be distributed or sold as the interest of the State and of science demand. All material collected after having served the purposes of the Survey shall be distributed to the educational institutions of the State; or the whole or part of such material shall be put on public exhibition.

(a) Responsibility for matters relating to water quality, geologic hazards, seismicity and cartographic information."

Approved July 9, 1987.