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HOUSE BILL NO. 691

INTRODUCED BY T. WOODS

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT GENERALLY REVISING OIL AND GAS IMPACT LAWS; TERMINATING THE REDUCED TAX RATES FOR NEW OIL PRODUCTION AND NEW NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION AND USING THE PROCEEDS FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS IMPACT PROJECTS AND THE PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE RESOURCES; PROVIDING THAT THE REVISED TAX RATES APPLY TO OIL AND NATURAL GAS WELLS DRILLED AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2019; DEFINING OIL AND GAS IMPACT PROJECTS; ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES FOR OIL AND GAS IMPACT PROJECTS PROPOSALS FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS; PROVIDING FOR REVIEW OF OIL AND GAS IMPACT PROJECT PROPOSALS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; CREATING A COMMUNITY OIL AND NATURAL GAS IMPACT RELIEF ACCOUNT TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS; CREATING A RENEWABLE RESOURCES TRUST FUND; PROVIDING FOR THE USE OF THE INTEREST AND INCOME FROM THE RENEWABLE RESOURCES TRUST FUND FOR PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND HUNTING AND FISHING ACCESS OPPORTUNITY; PROVIDING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY; AMENDING SECTIONS 15-36-303, 15-36-304, AND 15-36-331, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN APPLICABILITY DATE."

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 1.  Definitions. As used in [sections 1 through 4], the following definitions apply:

     (1) "Department" means the department of commerce provided for in 2-15-1801.

     (2) "Local government" means an incorporated city or town, a county, a consolidated local government, a tribal government, a county or multicounty water, sewer, or solid waste district, or an authority as defined in 75-6-304.

     (3) "Oil and gas impact projects" means:

     (a) drinking water systems;

     (b) wastewater treatment;

     (c) sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems;

     (d) solid waste disposal and separation systems, including site acquisition, preparation, or monitoring;

     (e) roads;

     (f) bridges; or

     (g) facilities for government administration, fire protection, law enforcement, and emergency services.

     (4) "Tribal government" means the government of a federally recognized Indian tribe within the state of Montana.

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 2.  Priorities for community infrastructure projects -- procedure -- rulemaking. (1) The department shall:

     (a) receive proposals for oil and gas impact projects from local governments that have been required to maintain and expand local government infrastructure as a consequence of oil and gas development on a continual basis;

     (b) work with local governments in preparing cost estimates for oil and gas impact projects; and

     (c) prepare and submit to the governor a list containing the recommended oil and gas impact projects and the recommended form and amount of financial assistance for each oil and gas impact project. The list must be prioritized pursuant to subsection (3) after taking into consideration the amount of money projected to be available in the community oil and natural gas impact relief account provided for in [section 3].

     (2) The governor shall review the oil and gas impact projects recommended by the department and shall submit the lists of recommended oil and gas impact projects and the recommended financial assistance to the legislature for approval.

     (3) In preparing recommendations under subsection (1), preference must be given to oil and gas impact projects based on the following order of priority:

     (a) projects that solve urgent and serious public health or safety problems or that enable local governments to meet state or federal health or safety standards;

     (b) projects that reflect a greater need for financial assistance than other projects;

     (c) projects that incorporate appropriate, cost-effective technical design and that provide thorough, long-term solutions to community public facility needs;

     (d) projects that enable local governments to obtain funds from sources other than the funds provided under [sections 1 through 4]; and

     (e) projects that are high local priorities and have strong community support.

     (4) The department shall report to each regular session of the legislature the status of all oil and gas impact projects that have not been completed in order for the legislature to review each project's status and determine whether the authorized grant should be withdrawn.

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 3.  Community oil and natural gas impact relief account. (1) There is a community oil and natural gas impact relief account in the state special revenue fund provided for in 17-2-102. There must be deposited in the account oil and natural gas production taxes, if any, pursuant to 15-36-331(1)(c)(i). The funds must be administered by the department.

     (2) The purpose of the account is to assist local governments that have been required to maintain and expand local government infrastructure as a consequence of oil and gas development.

     (3) A local government may submit proposals to the department for oil and gas impact projects on a continual basis as provided in [section 2].

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 4.  Rulemaking authority. (1) The department shall adopt rules necessary for the administration of [sections 1 through 4].

     (2) The rules may include but are not limited to:

     (a) consistent with [section 2], the criteria to use when evaluating grant proposals and prioritizing and awarding grants;

     (b) application procedures;

     (c) disbursement of grants; and

     (d) reporting procedures for grant recipients.

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 5.  Renewable resources trust fund. (1) There is a renewable resources trust fund within the permanent fund type. There must be deposited in the trust fund oil and natural gas production taxes, if any, pursuant to 15-36-331(1)(c)(ii). The trust fund must be administered by the department.

     (2) The money in the trust fund may be used to help promote renewable resources in Montana, including but not limited to securing, developing, and maintaining wildlife habitat to enhance opportunity for hunting and fishing access and funding programs administered by the state to conserve Montana's water resources.

     (3) The interest and income earned on money in the trust fund must be retained within the fund until the principal reaches $50 million. When the trust fund balance reaches $50 million, the interest earned may be appropriated for the promotion of renewable resources in Montana as specified in subsection (2).

     (4) The department shall provide to the legislature, as provided in 5-11-210, a biennial report of the expenditures of the money appropriated from the trust fund.

 

     Section 6.  Section 15-36-303, MCA, is amended to read:

     "15-36-303.  Definitions. As used in this part, the following definitions apply:

     (1)  "Board" means the board of oil and gas conservation provided for in 2-15-3303.

     (2)  "Department" means the department of revenue provided for in 2-15-1301.

     (3)  "Enhanced recovery project" means the use of any process for the displacement of oil from the earth other than primary recovery and includes the use of an immiscible, miscible, chemical, thermal, or biological process.

     (4)  "Existing enhanced recovery project" means an enhanced recovery project that began development before January 1, 1994.

     (5)  "Expanded enhanced recovery project" or "expansion" means the addition of injection wells or production wells, the recompletion of existing wells as horizontally completed wells, the change of an injection pattern, or other operating changes to an existing enhanced recovery project that will result in the recovery of oil that would not otherwise be recovered. The project must be developed after December 31, 1993.

     (6)  "Gross taxable value", for the purpose of computing the oil and natural gas production tax, means the gross value of the product as determined in 15-36-305.

     (7)  "Horizontal drain hole" means that portion of a wellbore with 70 degrees to 110 degrees deviation from the vertical and a horizontal projection within the common source of supply, as that term is defined by the board, that exceeds 100 feet.

     (8)  "Horizontally completed well" means:

     (a)  a well with one or more horizontal drain holes; or

     (b)  any other well classified by the board as a horizontally completed well.

     (9)  "Incremental production" means:

     (a)  the volume of oil produced by a new enhanced recovery project, by a well in primary recovery recompleted as a horizontally completed well, or by an expanded enhanced recovery project, which volume of production is in excess of the production decline rate established under the conditions existing before:

     (i)  commencing the recompletion of a well as a horizontally completed well;

     (ii) expanding the existing enhanced recovery project; or

     (iii) commencing a new enhanced recovery project; or

     (b)  in the case of any project that had no taxable production prior to commencing the enhanced recovery project, all production of oil from the enhanced recovery project.

     (10) "Natural gas" or "gas" means natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, other than oil, produced at the wellhead.

     (11) "New enhanced recovery project" means an enhanced recovery project that began development after December 31, 1993.

     (12) "Nonworking interest owner" means any interest owner who does not share in the exploration, development, and operation costs of the lease or unit, except for production taxes.

     (13) "Oil" means crude petroleum or mineral oil and other hydrocarbons, regardless of gravity, that are produced at the wellhead in liquid form and that are not the result of condensation of gas after it leaves the wellhead.

     (14) "Operator" or "producer" means a person who produces oil or natural gas within this state or who owns, controls, manages, leases, or operates within this state any well or wells from which any marketable oil or natural gas is extracted or produced.

     (15) "Post-1999 well" means an oil or natural gas well drilled on or after January 1, 1999, that produces oil or natural gas or a well that has not produced oil or natural gas during the 5 years immediately preceding the first month of qualifying as a post-1999 well.

     (16) "Post-2019 well" means an oil or natural gas well or horizontally completed well drilled on or after January 1, 2020, that produces oil or natural gas.

     (16)(17) "Pre-1999 well" means an oil or natural gas well that was drilled before January 1, 1999.

     (18) "Pre-2020 well" means an oil or natural gas well or horizontally completed well drilled on or before December 31, 2019, that produces oil or natural gas.

     (17)(19) "Primary recovery" means the displacement of oil from the earth into the wellbore by means of the natural pressure of the oil reservoir and includes artificial lift.

     (18)(20) "Production decline rate" means the projected rate of future oil production, extrapolated by a method approved by the board, that must be determined for a project area prior to commencing a new or expanded enhanced recovery project or the recompletion of a well as a horizontally completed well. The approved production decline rate must be certified in writing to the department by the board. In that certification, the board shall identify the project area and shall specify the projected rate of future oil production by calendar year and by calendar quarter within each year. The certified rate of future oil production must be used to determine the volume of incremental production that qualifies for the tax rate imposed under 15-36-304(5)(e).

     (19)(21) (a) "Qualifying production" means, except as provided in subsection (21)(b), the first 12 months of production of oil or natural gas from a well drilled after December 31, 1998, and before January 1, 2020, or the first 18 months of production of oil or natural gas from a horizontally completed well drilled after December 31, 1998, or from a well that has not produced oil or natural gas during the 5 years immediately preceding the first month of qualifying production.

     (b)  Qualifying production does not include oil or natural gas production from:

     (i) an oil or natural gas well drilled after December 31, 2019;

     (ii) a horizontally recompleted well; or

     (iii) a horizontally completed well drilled after December 31, 2019.

     (20)(22) "Secondary recovery project" means an enhanced recovery project, other than a tertiary recovery project, that commenced or was expanded after December 31, 1993, and meets each of the following requirements:

     (a)  The project must be certified as a secondary recovery project to the department by the board. The certification may be extended only after notice and hearing in accordance with Title 2, chapter 4.

     (b)  The property to be affected by the project must be adequately delineated according to the specifications required by the board.

     (c)  The project must involve the application of secondary recovery methods that can reasonably be expected to result in an increase, determined by the board to be significant in light of all the facts and circumstances, in the amount of oil that may potentially be recovered. For purposes of this part, secondary recovery methods include but are not limited to:

     (i)  the injection of water into the producing formation for the purposes of maintaining pressure in that formation or for the purpose of increasing the flow of oil from the producing formation to a producing wellbore; or

     (ii) any other method approved by the board as a secondary recovery method.

     (21)(23) "Stripper natural gas" means the natural gas produced from any well that produces less than 60,000 cubic feet of natural gas a day during the calendar year immediately preceding the current year. Production must be determined by dividing the amount of production from a lease or unitized area for the year immediately preceding the current calendar year by the number of producing wells in the lease or unitized area and by dividing the resulting quotient by 365.

     (22)(24) (a) "Stripper oil" means the oil produced from any well that produces more than 3 barrels but fewer than 15 barrels a day for the calendar year immediately preceding the current year if the average price for a barrel of west Texas intermediate crude oil during a calendar quarter is less than $30. If the price of oil is equal to or greater than $30 a barrel in a calendar quarter, there is no stripper tax rate in that quarter.

     (b)  The average price for a barrel is computed by dividing the sum of the daily price for a barrel of west Texas intermediate crude oil for the calendar quarter by the number of days on which the price was reported in the quarter.

     (c)  Production must be determined by dividing the amount of production from a lease or unitized area for the year immediately preceding the current calendar year by the number of producing wells in the lease or unitized area and then dividing the resulting quotient by 365.

     (23)(25) "Stripper well exemption" or "stripper well bonus" means petroleum and other mineral or crude oil produced by a stripper well that produces 3 barrels a day or less. Production from this type of well must be determined as provided in subsection (22)(c) (24)(c).

     (24)(26) "Tertiary recovery project" means an enhanced recovery project, other than a secondary recovery project, using a tertiary recovery method that meets the following requirements:

     (a)  The project must be certified as a tertiary recovery project to the department by the board. The certification may be extended only after notice and hearing in accordance with Title 2, chapter 4.

     (b)  The property to be affected by the project must be adequately delineated in the certification according to the specifications required by the board.

     (c)  The project must involve the application of one or more tertiary recovery methods that can reasonably be expected to result in an increase, determined by the board to be significant in light of all the facts and circumstances, in the amount of crude oil that may potentially be recovered. For purposes of this part, tertiary recovery methods include but are not limited to:

     (i)  miscible fluid displacement;

     (ii) steam drive injection;

     (iii) micellar/emulsion flooding;

     (iv) in situ combustion;

     (v)  polymer augmented water flooding;

     (vi) cyclic steam injection;

     (vii) alkaline or caustic flooding;

     (viii) carbon dioxide water flooding;

     (ix) immiscible carbon dioxide displacement; and

     (x)  any other method approved by the board as a tertiary recovery method.

     (25)(27) "Well" or "wells" means a single well or a group of wells in one field or production unit and under the control of one operator or producer.

     (26)(28) "Working interest owner" means the owner of an interest in an oil or natural gas well or wells who bears any portion of the exploration, development, and operating costs of the well or wells."

 

     Section 7.  Section 15-36-304, MCA, is amended to read:

     "15-36-304.  Production tax rates imposed on oil and natural gas -- exemption. (1) The production of oil and natural gas is taxed as provided in this section. The tax is distributed as provided in 15-36-331 and 15-36-332.

     (2)  Natural gas is taxed on the gross taxable value of production based on the type of well and type of production according to the following schedule for working interest and nonworking interest owners:

 

Working

Nonworking

 

Interest

Interest

     (a)  (i) pre-2020 wells:

     (i) first 12 months of qualifying production

0.5%

14.8%

     (ii) after 12 months:

 

 

     (A)  pre-1999 wells

14.8%

14.8%

     (B)  post-1999 wells

9%

14.8%

     (b)  stripper natural gas pre-1999 wells

11%

14.8%

     (c)  horizontally completed well production:

 

 

     (i) pre-2020 wells: 

     (A) first 18 months of qualifying production

0.5%

14.8%

     (ii)(B) after 18 months

     (ii) post-2019 wells

9%

9%

14.8%

14.8%

     (3)  The reduced tax rates under subsection (2)(a)(i) on production for the first 12 months of qualifying natural gas production from a well begin following the last day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month in which natural gas is placed in a natural gas distribution system, provided that notification has been given to the department.

     (4)  The reduced tax rates under subsection (2)(c)(i)(A) on qualifying production from a horizontally completed well for the first 18 months of production begin following the last day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month in which natural gas is placed in a natural gas distribution system, provided that notification has been given to the department.

     (5)  Oil is taxed on the gross taxable value of production based on the type of well and type of production according to the following schedule for working interest and nonworking interest owners:

 

Working

Nonworking

 

Interest

Interest

     (a)  primary recovery production:

 

 

     (i)  first 12 months of qualifying production

0.5%

14.8%

     (ii) after 12 months:

 

 

     (A)  pre-1999 wells

12.5%

14.8%

     (B)  post-1999 wells

9%

14.8%

     (b)  stripper oil production:

 

 

     (i)  first 1 through 10 barrels a day production

5.5%

14.8%

     (ii) more than 10 barrels a day production

9.0%

14.8%

     (c)  (i) stripper well exemption production

0.5%

14.8%

     (ii) stripper well bonus production

6.0%

14.8%

     (d)  horizontally completed well production from pre-2020 wells:

 

 

     (i)  first 18 months of qualifying production

0.5%

14.8%

     (ii) after 18 months:

 

 

     (A)  pre-1999 wells

12.5%

14.8%

     (B)  post-1999 wells

9%

14.8%

     (e)  incremental production:

 

 

     (i)  new or expanded secondary recovery production

8.5%

14.8%

     (ii) new or expanded tertiary production

5.8%

14.8%

     (f)  horizontally recompleted well:

 

 

     (i)  first 18 months

5.5%

14.8%

     (ii) after 18 months:

 

 

     (A)  pre-1999 wells

12.5%

14.8%

     (B) post-1999 wells

9%

14.8%

     (g) horizontally recompleted well production from post-2019 wells

9%

14.8%

     (h) post-2019 wells

9%

14.8%

     (6)  (a) The reduced tax rates rate under subsection (5)(a)(i) on qualifying primary recovery production for the first 12 months of oil production from a well begin begins following the last day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month in which oil is pumped or flows, provided that notification has been given to the department.

     (b)  (i) The reduced tax rates rate under subsection (5)(d)(i) on qualifying oil production from a horizontally completed well for the first 18 months of production begin begins following the last day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month in which oil is pumped or flows if the well has been certified as a horizontally completed well to the department by the board.

     (ii) The reduced tax rates under subsection (5)(f)(i) on oil production from a horizontally recompleted well for the first 18 months of production begin following the last day of the calendar month immediately preceding the month in which oil is pumped or flows if the well has been certified as a horizontally recompleted well to the department by the board.

     (c)  Incremental production is taxed as provided in subsection (5)(e) only if the average price for a barrel of west Texas intermediate crude oil during a calendar quarter is less than $54. If the price of oil is equal to or greater than $54 a barrel in a calendar quarter as determined in subsection (6)(e), then incremental production from pre-1999 wells and from post-1999 wells is taxed at the rate imposed on primary recovery production under subsections (5)(a)(ii)(A) and (5)(a)(ii)(B), respectively, for production occurring in that quarter, other than exempt stripper well production.

     (d)  (i) Stripper well exemption production is taxed as provided in subsection (5)(c)(i) only if the average price for a barrel of west Texas intermediate crude oil during a calendar quarter is less than $54 as determined in subsection (6)(e). If the price of oil is equal to or greater than $54 a barrel, there is no stripper well exemption tax rate and oil produced from a well that produces 3 barrels a day or less is taxed as stripper well bonus production.

     (ii) Stripper well bonus production is subject to taxation as provided in subsection (5)(c)(ii) only if the average price for a barrel of west Texas intermediate crude oil during a calendar quarter is equal to or greater than $54 as determined in subsection (6)(e).

     (e)  For the purposes of subsections (6)(c) and (6)(d), the average price for each a barrel of oil must be computed by dividing the sum of the daily price for a barrel of west Texas intermediate crude oil for the calendar quarter by the number of days on which the price was reported in the quarter.

     (7)  (a) The tax rates imposed under subsections (2) and (5) on working interest owners and nonworking interest owners must be adjusted to include the total of the privilege and license tax adopted by the board of oil and gas conservation pursuant to 82-11-131 and the derived rate for the oil and gas natural resource distribution account as determined under subsection (7)(b).

     (b)  The total of the privilege and license tax and the tax for the oil and gas natural resource distribution account established in 90-6-1001(1) may not exceed 0.3%. The base rate for the tax for oil and gas natural resource distribution account funding is 0.08%, but when the rate adopted pursuant to 82-11-131 by the board of oil and gas conservation for the privilege and license tax:

     (i)  exceeds 0.22%, the rate for the tax to fund the oil and gas natural resource distribution account is equal to the difference between the rate adopted by the board of oil and gas conservation and 0.3%; or

     (ii) is less than 0.18%, the rate for the tax to fund the oil and gas natural resource distribution account is equal to the difference between the rate adopted by the board of oil and gas conservation and 0.26%.

     (c)  The board of oil and gas conservation shall give the department at least 90 days' notice of any change in the rate adopted by the board. Any rate change of the tax to fund the oil and gas natural resource distribution account is effective at the same time that the board of oil and gas conservation rate is effective.

     (8)  Any interest in production owned by the state or a local government is exempt from taxation under this section."

 

     Section 8.  Section 15-36-331, MCA, is amended to read:

     "15-36-331.  Distribution of taxes. (1) (a) For each calendar quarter, the department shall determine the amount of tax, late payment interest, and penalties collected under this part.

     (b)  For the purposes of distribution of oil and natural gas production taxes to county and school district taxing units under 15-36-332 and to the state, the department shall determine the amount of oil and natural gas production taxes paid on production in the taxing unit.

     (c) After the allocations are made under subsections (2)(a) and (2)(b), the department shall calculate the amount of taxes attributable to the increased tax rates under the provisions of 15-36-304 because of the elimination of reduced tax rates for oil and natural gas production required by the amendment of 15-36-303 and 15-36-304 in [sections 6 and 7]. The amount of taxes attributable to the increased tax rates after the allocations are made under subsections (2)(a) and (2)(b) must be deposited for each fiscal year as follows:

     (i) 50% to the community oil and natural gas impact relief account established in [section 3]; and

     (ii) 50% to the renewable resources trust fund established in [section 5].

     (2)  (a) The amount of oil and natural gas production taxes collected for the privilege and license tax pursuant to 82-11-131 must be deposited, in accordance with the provisions of 17-2-124, in the state special revenue fund for the purpose of paying expenses of the board, as provided in 82-11-135.

     (b)  The amount of the tax allocated in 15-36-304(7)(b) for the oil and gas natural resource distribution account established in 90-6-1001(1) must be deposited in the account.

     (3)  (a) For each tax year, the amount of oil and natural gas production taxes determined under subsection (1)(b) is allocated to each county according to the following schedule:

 Big Horn

 45.05%

 Blaine

 58.39%

 Carbon

 48.27%

 Chouteau

 58.14%

 Custer

 69.53%

 Daniels

 50.81%

 Dawson

 47.79%

 Fallon

 41.78%

 Fergus

 69.18%

 Garfield

 45.96%

 Glacier

 58.83%

 Golden Valley

 58.37%

 Hill

 64.51%

 Liberty

 57.94%

 McCone

 49.92%

 Musselshell

 48.64%

 Petroleum

 48.04%

 Phillips

 54.02%

 Pondera

 54.26%

 Powder River

 60.9%

 Prairie

 40.38%

 Richland

 47.47%

 Roosevelt

 45.71%

 Rosebud

 39.33%

 Sheridan

 47.99%

 Stillwater

 53.51%

 Sweet Grass

 61.24%

 Teton

 46.1%

 Toole

 57.61%

 Valley

 51.43%

 Wibaux

 49.16%

 Yellowstone

 46.74%

 All other counties

 50.15%

     (b)  The oil and natural gas production taxes allocated to each county must be deposited in the state special revenue fund and transferred to each county for distribution, as provided in 15-36-332.

     (4)  The department shall, in accordance with the provisions of 17-2-124, distribute the state portion of oil and natural gas production taxes remaining after the distributions pursuant to subsections (2) and (3) as follows:

     (a)  for each fiscal year through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, to be distributed as follows:

     (i)  1.23% to the coal bed methane protection account established in 76-15-904;

     (ii) 1.45% to the natural resources projects state special revenue account established in 15-38-302;

     (iii) 1.45% to the natural resources operations state special revenue account established in 15-38-301;

     (iv) 2.99% to the orphan share account established in 75-10-743;

     (v)  2.65% to the state special revenue fund to be appropriated to the Montana university system for the purposes of the state tax levy as provided in 15-10-108; and

     (vi) all remaining proceeds to the state general fund;

     (b)  for fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2011, to be distributed as follows:

     (i)  2.16% to the natural resources projects state special revenue account established in 15-38-302;

     (ii) 2.02% to the natural resources operations state special revenue account established in 15-38-301;

     (iii) 2.95% to the orphan share account established in 75-10-743;

     (iv) 2.65% to the state special revenue fund to be appropriated to the Montana university system for the purposes of the state tax levy as provided in 15-10-108; and

     (v)  all remaining proceeds to the state general fund.

     (5)  A payment required pursuant to this section may be withheld if, for more than 90 days, a local government fails to:

     (a)  file a financial report required by 15-1-504;

     (b)  remit any amounts collected on behalf of the state as required by 15-1-504; or

     (c)  remit any other amounts owed to the state or another taxing jurisdiction."

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 9.  Notification to tribal governments. The secretary of state shall send a copy of [this act] to each tribal government located on the seven Montana reservations and to the Little Shell Chippewa tribe.

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 10.  Codification instruction. (1) [Sections 1 through 4] are intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 90, chapter 6, and the provisions of Title 90, chapter 6, apply to [sections 1 through 4].

     (2) [Section 5] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 87, chapter 1, part 2, and the provisions of Title 87, chapter 1, part 2, apply to [section 5].

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 11.  Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2019.

 

     NEW SECTION.  Section 12.  Applicability. [This act] applies to oil and natural gas wells drilled after December 31, 2019.

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