SECTION 1. Chapter 21A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4C the following section:-
Section 4D. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
"Development", those activities taking place following the discovery of oil and natural gas, including geophysical activity, drilling, platform construction, pipeline construction, and operation of all onshore support facilities that are performed for the purposes of ultimately producing the resources discovered.
"Exploration", the process of searching for oil and natural gas, including any drilling whether on or off known geological structures, including the drilling of a well in which a discovery of oil or natural gas is made and the drilling of any additional delineation well after the discovery that is needed to delineate any reservoir and a lessee to determine whether to proceed with development and production; and processes undertaken for the purpose of searching for oil or natural gas, including seismic air gun blasting.
"Federal waters", those waters and submerged lands lying seaward to the state waters of the commonwealth that appertain to the United States and are subject to federal jurisdiction and control.
"New or additional exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas", includes any activity undertaken to increase the capacity of any pipeline or other infrastructure used to convey oil or natural gas from federal waters.
"Production", those activities that take place after the successful completion of any means for the removal of oil and natural gas, including that removal, field operations, transfer or resources to shore, operation, monitoring, maintenance, and workover drilling; "Producing" means undertaking those activities.
(b) Notwithstanding any general law to the contrary, offshore drilling for oil or natural gas shall be prohibited in state waters and no tidal or submerged lands in state waters shall be leased for the purposes of oil or natural gas exploration, development or production. All onshore activities related to the development and exploration of offshore drilling for oil or natural gas for the purpose of establishing the development of offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in Massachusetts coastal waters or federal waters surrounding Massachusetts coastal waters shall be prohibited.
(c) The executive office of energy and environmental affairs and any office or department within said executive office shall not: issue any permit, approval or authorization pursuant to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 as amended, 16 U.S.C. s.1451 et seq., or any other state or federal law, rule, or regulation, for the development of any infrastructure or any activity in state waters associated with offshore drilling for oil or natural gas or increased oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in state waters or outside of state waters; enter into any lease or other conveyance of tidal or submerged lands in state waters that authorizes: (i) drilling for oil or
natural gas; (ii) the construction or development of infrastructure related to increased oil and gas exploration, development or production in or outside of state waters; or (iii) any other exploration, development or production of oil or natural gas; renew or extend existing permits, leases or other conveyances or approvals for oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in state waters, or modify any such existing permits, leases or other conveyances or approvals to authorize any new or additional exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas; permit, approve or otherwise authorize any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in state waters; or develop, adopt or endorse any plans for the exploration, development or production of oil and natural gas in state waters.
(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit activities in state waters related to repairing or maintaining existing infrastructure as necessary to ensure the safe operation of existing activities.
(e) The executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall promulgate rules and regulations as necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this section.
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