Mineral Rights and Geothermal Resource Rights
(1)As used in this rule “mineral” means oil, gas, sulfur, coal, gold, silver, copper, lead, cinnabar, iron, manganese and other metallic ore, and any other solid, liquid or gaseous material or substance excavated or otherwise developed for commercial, industrial or construction use from natural deposits, including mineral waters of all kinds. (This is the same definition as used in ORS 273.775 (Definitions for ORS 273.775 to 273.790).) As used in this rule “mineral” includes sand and gravel.
(2)As used in this rule “geothermal resource” means the natural heat of the earth, the energy, in whatever form below the surface of the earth present in, resulting from, or created by, or which may be extracted from, the natural heat, and all minerals in solution or other products obtained from naturally heated fluids, brines, associated gases, and steam, in whatever form, found below the surface of the earth, exclusive of helium or of oil, hydrocarbon gas or other hydrocarbon substances, but including, specifically:
(a)All products of geothermal processes, embracing indigenous steam, hot water and hot brines;
(b)Steam and other gases, hot water and hot brines resulting from water, gas, or other fluids artificially introduced into geothermal formations;
(c)Heat or other associated energy found in geothermal formations; and
(d)Any by-product derived from them. (This is the same definition as used in ORS 522.005 (Definitions).)
(3)The Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) may sell, retain, assign, lease, release, develop, market or otherwise administer any mineral rights and geothermal resource rights obtained by ODVA after January 1974 pursuant to ORS 88.720 (Acquisition, administration and disposal by state of property subject to lien held by state), 406.050 (Additional powers and duties of director or department), 407.135 (Authority of department), or 407.145 (Purchase and control of property)(1):
(a)Prior to a release or transfer of any interest in mineral or geothermal resource rights pertaining to a property of three acres or more in Clatsop, Columbia, or Washington County, or of 40 acres or more in any other county, ODVA will request a review and recommendation from the Division of State Lands (DSL) regarding the potential for the occurrence of mineral or geothermal resources with value, excluding soil, clay, stone, sand and gravel. ODVA may, but shall not be required to, request a similar review and recommendation from DSL with respect to mineral or geothermal resource rights related to properties of lesser size. In any situation where additional professional services may be required by ODVA, the services shall be provided at the expense of the applicant for the release. ODVA may then, at the director’s discretion, administer such rights consistent with this section in any manner that the director determines will advance the interests of the Oregon War Veterans’ Fund, including the release by ODVA of all or part of such rights of the related property upon application and payment of the appropriate application fee together with such other consideration, required by ODVA;
(b)An application for any interest in mineral or geothermal resource rights held by ODVA must be completed and submitted directly to ODVA together with the documents and other information listed on the application form or otherwise required by ODVA, together with the appropriate application fee. Any or all of the application fee may be waived by ODVA if such waiver is determined by it to be in the economic interest of ODVA, or if ODVA determines that it would avoid undue hardship.
(4)Upon advice from DSL concerning potential mineral or geothermal resources, ODVA may change the acreage review for any county in Oregon at any time by administrative rule.
(5)Two years after the effective date of this rule, and each biennium thereafter, ODVA and DSL will review the rule and its effects for possible changes.
Rule 274-021-0015 — Mineral Rights and Geothermal Resource Rights,