Mining and Mining Claims

ORS 517.725
Department inspection of exploration site


The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries may inspect the exploration site prior to initiation of exploration to review the existing environmental conditions, assess impacts of the proposed exploration and establish the amount of financial assurance required.


The department may inspect lands not later than 60 days following notification by the person conducting the exploration that reclamation is complete. If the department determines that the reclamation complies with the approved reclamation plan, including establishment of vegetation, the department may release the bond or other security required by ORS 517.810 (Requirement for bond or security) within 60 days of that determination.


The department is authorized to inspect any ongoing exploration site in order to establish compliance with ORS 517.702 (Legislative findings) to 517.755 (Mining operations affecting more than five acres), 517.790 (Operating permit required for surface mining on certain lands), 517.810 (Requirement for bond or security), 517.910 (Definitions for ORS 517.910 to 517.989) and 517.920 (Permit application fees under ORS 517.910 to 517.989). [Formerly 517.970]
Chapter 517

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Power of Department of Environmental Quality to regulate mining activities and recovery of oil and geothermal activities, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100

Law Review Citations

4 EL 370 (1974)


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