113A-119.2. Review of offshore fossil fuel facilities.

(a) In addition to the definitions set out in G.S. 113A-103, as used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) "Coastal fishing waters" has the same meaning as in G.S. 113-129.

(2) "Discharge" has the same meaning as in G.S. 143-215.77.

(3) "Offshore fossil fuel facility" means those facilities for the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas which, because of their size, magnitude, or scope of impacts, have the potential to affect any land or water use or natural resource of the coastal area. For purposes of this definition, offshore fossil fuel facilities shall include, but are not limited to:

a. Structures, including drill ships and floating platforms and structures relocated from other states or countries, located in coastal fishing waters.

b. Any equipment associated with a structure described in sub-subdivision a. of this subdivision, including, but not limited to, pipelines and vessels that are used to carry, transport, or transfer oil, natural gas, liquid natural gas, liquid propane gas, or synthetic gas.

c. Onshore support or staging facilities associated with a structure described in sub-subdivision a. of this subdivision.

(4) "Oil" has the same meaning as in G.S. 143-215.77.

(b) In addition to any other information necessary to determine consistency with State guidelines adopted pursuant to G.S. 113A-107, the following information is required for the review of an offshore fossil fuel facility located in coastal fishing waters:

(1) All information required to be included in an Exploration Plan required pursuant to Subpart B of Part 250 of 30 C.F.R. (July 1, 2009 edition).

(2) All information required to be included in an Oil-Spill Response Plan required pursuant to Subpart B of Part 254 of 30 C.F.R. (July 1, 2009 edition).

(3) An assessment of alternatives to the proposed offshore fossil fuel facility that would minimize the likelihood of an unauthorized discharge.

(4) An assessment of the potential for an unauthorized discharge to cause temporary or permanent violations of the federal and State water quality standards, including the antidegradation policy adopted pursuant to section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1313(d)).

(5) Any other information that the Commission determines necessary for consistency review. (2010-179, s. 2.)