(1)Upon receipt of a mineral prospecting permit application, the Division shall cause copies of the application to be sent to the surface rights holder and affected state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Public Utility Commissioner, State Fish and Wildlife Commission, Department of Energy, State Historic Preservation Office, and Land Conservation and Development Commission and to such other agencies or persons as the Division deems appropriate.
(2)Each agency shall be requested to respond within 30 days by making a recommendation as to whether the permit should be granted. Agencies may recommend conditions to be contained in the mineral prospecting permit to satisfy requirements within their respective statutory jurisdictions. Applicants will be advised of conditions recommended by state agencies and, where advisable, a conference between agencies and applicants will be held.
(3)The Division shall make such investigation as it considers necessary.
(4)The Division or any state agency holding the surface rights may refuse to grant a permit for exploration of mineral rights under the jurisdiction of the Division of State Lands if it has reason to believe that a mineral lease could not be issued because of considerations of environmental quality or other public interest.
Rule 141-071-0475 — Application Approval,