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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENT
STANDING COMMITTEE
Friday, February 13, 2009
415 State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex


Members Present:        Sen. Dennis Stowell, Chair    
                Sen. Allen Christensen                
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                Sen. Karen Morgan
                Sen. Ralph Okerlund    

Member Absent:        Sen. Gene Davis            

Staff Present:            J Brian Allred, Policy Analyst        
                Saundra Maeser, Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:    Lee Peacock, President, Utah Petroleum Association
                John Baza, Director, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
                Rey Butcher, Government Relations, Questar
                Jeff Hartley, Government Affairs, Bill Barrett Corporation.
                Robin Thomas, Government Relations, Division of Wildlife Resources
                Boyd Clayton, Deputy State Engineer, Division of Water Rights
    
A list of visitors is filed with the committee minutes.


Committee Chair Stowell called the meeting to order at 8:11 a.m.

    Chair Stowell reported that H.B. 105, Department of Agriculture and Food Amendments (Rep. J. Mathis) (Sen. D. Stowell), would not be heard at this meeting.

1.     S.J.R. 17 Hydraulic Fracturing Joint Resolution (Sen. D. Hinkins)

    Sen. David Hinkins introduced the bill. Lee Peacock, President, Utah Petroleum Association, assisted in the presentation.

    John Baza, Director, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining; Rey Butcher, Government Relations, Questar; and Jeff Hartley, Government Affairs, Bill Barrett Corporation, spoke in support of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass S.J.R. 17, Hydraulic Fracturing Joint Resolution, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to place S.J.R. 17 on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.


2.    1st Sub. H.B. 92 Requirement to Wear Hunter Orange Amendments (Rep. S. Sandstrom) (Sen. A. Christensen)

    Rep. Stephen Sandstrom introduced the bill. Robin Thomas, Government Relations, Division of Wildlife Resources, assisted in the presentation.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 92, Requirement to Wear Hunter Orange Amendments, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

3.    H.B. 235 Dam Safety Amendments (Rep. S. Sandstrom) (Sen. D. Stowell)

    Rep. Sandstrom introduced the bill.

    Boyd Clayton, Deputy State Engineer, Division of Water Rights, spoke in support of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Okerlund moved to pass H.B. 235, Dam Safety Amendments (Rep. S. Sandstrom), out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

4.    Approval of Minutes

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to approve the minutes of February 10, 2009.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Stowell adjourned the meeting at 8:42 a.m.

    Minutes reported by Saundra Maeser, Secretary




                 ______________________________
                 Dennis E. Stowell, Committee Chair