Section 9-17-130

Legislative findings and declaration.

The Legislature of the State of Alabama finds and declares that the protection of Alabama's environment is vital to the economy of this state; that coalbed methane gas wells are an important source of natural gas for use in industry and by consumers thereof in Alabama and are becoming increasingly common in Alabama as the technology for such wells advances; that the broadest possible promotion of public and private interests requires that coalbed methane gas wells be properly plugged when abandoned; that delays therein may affect the environment or public health, safety and welfare; that adequate financial resources be readily available to provide for the expeditious plugging of such wells and to provide a means for doing so without delay; that the Legislature has heretofore authorized the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama to require that operators of such wells provide evidence of financial responsibility to cover the costs of plugging such wells; that performance bonds so required and obtained for such purpose may not be adequate in amount or even obtainable in the present insurance market; and that the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the State of Alabama will be enhanced and protected by the provisions of this article.

(Acts 1990, No. 90-635, p. 1164, §1.)