Alaska Statutes.
Title 41. Public Resources
Chapter 6. Geothermal Resources
Section 20. Application.
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AS 41.06.020. Application.

(a) The commissioner has jurisdiction over all persons and property, public and private, necessary to carry out the purposes and intent of this chapter.

(b) The authority of the commissioner applies to all private, municipal, state, and federal land in the state lawfully subject to the police power of the state. When any of that land is committed to a unit agreement involving land subject to federal jurisdiction, the operation of this chapter or a part of this chapter may be suspended, if the unit operations are regulated by the United States and if the conservation of geothermal resources is accomplished under the unit agreement.

(c) The provisions of this chapter apply

(1) when a person engaged in drilling activity not subject to the provisions of this chapter encounters geothermal fluid or water of sufficient heat or pressure to constitute a threat to human life or health, unless the drilling operation is subject to oil and gas drilling regulation under AS 31.05;

(2) in areas and under conditions in which the commissioner determines that drilling activity may encounter geothermal fluid or water of sufficient heat or pressure to constitute a threat to human life or health.

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