An Act To Ensure Maine's Preparedness for Hazardous Oil Spills
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §551, sub-§4, as amended by PL 1997, c. 364, §§26 and 27, is further amended to read:
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Coastal and Inland Surface Oil Clean-up Fund to:
1. Require a person transporting crude oil by rail or highway to pay an assessment of 3¢ per barrel of crude oil being transported; currently, the assessment is imposed only on a person transporting refined oil; and
2. Impose a surcharge of up to 50% of the assessment if the balance in the fund is reduced to $2,000,000 or less. The surcharge remains in place until the balance in the fund reaches $5,000,000.