Mining and Mining Claims

ORS 517.730
Drill hole or well abandonment

  • rules


The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shall consult with the Water Resources Department on the development of rules covering drill hole or monitoring well abandonment procedures, including procedures for the abandonment of holes and wells for which no exploration permit is required in ORS 517.705 (Exploration permit).


Nothing in 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) prohibits the conversion of exploration drill holes or monitoring wells to water wells, provided that the conversion conforms to the standards and rules of the Water Resources Department. [Formerly 517.972]
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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