Sec. 19002 - Eligible Applicants and Projects

ยง 19002. Eligible Applicants and Projects

(a) Any coastal city is eligible to apply for grant funds. For purposes of this program, "coastal cities" are considered as those cities whose city boundaries are located wholly or partially within the coastal zone as defined in the California Coastal Act, as amended (Public Resources Code, Division 20, commencing with Section 30000). Projects addressing existing and/or future impacts of offshore energy development will first be considered. Upon determination of unused funds, SEA will invite applications to consider funding other projects pursuant to PRC Section 35040.5.

(b) Offshore energy development includes activities such as exploration, production, processing, transportation, and refining of offshore oil and gas from State and federal waters off California. Projects which address impacts of these activities may be eligible for funding. The following are examples of potentially eligible projects:

(1) Planning and Assessment.

(A) Develop local policies, regulations, or ordinances regulating offshore energy related developments.

(B) Conduct studies to identify environmental and/or socioeconomic impacts and mitigation measures associated with offshore energy development.

(C) Develop local plans or mitigation programs to address offshore energy related impacts.

(D) Conduct siting studies for onshore energy facilities for processing, transportation, and refining of offshore oil and gas.

(E) Develop an offshore energy planning process that is consistent with requirements of the State's Coastal Management Program.

(F) Analyze offshore leasing, exploration, and development proposals for purposes of commenting pursuant to the OCS Lands Act,(43 USC 1331 - 1356, 1801 - 1866), Coastal Zone Management Act, (16 USC 1451 - 1464), National Environmental Policy Act,(42 USC 4321 -4347), California Environmental Quality Act,(PRC Sections 2100 et seq.), or similar statutes.

(2) Permitting, Monitoring and Enforcement.

(A) Develop a permitting, monitoring, and/or enforcement program for purposes of implementing state or local plans, policies, permit conditions, or regulations related to offshore energy development.

(B) Carry out monitoring and/or enforcement to ensure State or local environmental goals are attained and maintained.

(C) Conduct socioeconomic monitoring.

(3) Mitigations.

(A) Provide new or improved public facilities and/or services required to accommodate direct or indirect impacts of offshore energy development.

(B) Prevent, reduce or mitigate losses of valuable environmental or recreational resources when such losses are a result of offshore energy development.

(C) Capitalize revolving loan funds to provide low cost loans to coastal-dependent industries impacted by offshore energy development.

(D) Implement public information programs.

(1. New section filed 7-22-86 as an emergency; effective upon filing (Register 86, No. 30). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL within 120 days or emergency language will be repealed on 11-19-86. 2. Repealed by operation of Government Code Section 11346.1(g) (Register 87, No. 2). 3. New section filed 1-8-87; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 87, No. 2).)

Note: Authority cited: Section 35041, Public Resources Code. Reference: Section 35040, Public Resources Code.

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