Division seeks funds for spill prevention account
The director of the state’s Division of Spill Prevention and Response says a non-emergency account for cleanup of contaminated sites and other activities will soon need state funding to get by.
Kristin Ryan told a House subcommittee current projections indicate the prevention account won’t have enough money to keep up with costs starting in fiscal year 2016.
The account is funded by a four-cent surcharge on each barrel of oil. Money from fines, penalties and settlements also go into the fund.
Annual general fund appropriations ranging from $6.6 million to $8.3 million are projected to be needed from 2016 to 2022.
The Department of Environmental Conservation said oil production would have to top 1 million barrels a day for the current surcharge to generate enough money to cover continuing costs.