Monroeville Approves Seismic Testing Ordinance
Seismic testing is now further regulated in Monroeville as council unanimously passed an ordinance Sept. 12 that governs those types of activities in the municipality. Additionally, council also approved advertising an amendment to its oil and gas ordinance.
The seismic testing ordinance calls for applicants wishing to perform seismic testing to pay a $1,000 non-refundable permit fee and put $5,000 in an escrow account. That account would be used to reimburse Monroeville for the “reasonable cost of review, permit issuance and inspection activities associated with the permit, including energy costs.”
Before any seismic testing can occur, the permit holder must also provide $500,000 in the form of a performance bond, letter of credit, or escrow deposit that would be used to protect Monroeville from any and all losses, damages and costs arising from the testing.
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