(1) It shall be unlawful for oil to enter the waters of the state from any ship or any fixed or mobile facility or installation located offshore or onshore, whether publicly or privately operated, regardless of the cause of the entry or the fault of the person having control over the oil, or regardless of whether the entry is the result of intentional or negligent conduct, accident or other cause. Such entry constitutes pollution of the waters of the state.
(2) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to the entry of oil into the waters of the state under the following circumstances:
(a) The person discharging the oil was expressly authorized to do so by the Department of Environmental Quality, having obtained a permit therefor required by ORS 468B.050;
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of ORS 466.640, 468B.025 or 468B.050 or this section, the person discharging the oil was expressly authorized to do so by a federal on-scene coordinator or the department in connection with activities related to the removal of or response to oil that entered the waters of the state; or
(c) The person having control over the oil can prove that the entry thereof into the waters of the state was caused by:
(A) An act of war or sabotage or an act of God.
(B) Negligence on the part of the United States Government, or the State of Oregon.
(C) An act or omission of a third party without regard to whether any such act or omission was or was not negligent. [Formerly 449.157 and then 468.785; 1995 c.535 §1]Section: Previous 468B.223 468B.224 468B.225 468B.226 468B.227 468B.230 468B.300 468B.305 468B.310 468B.315 468B.320 468B.325 468B.330 468B.335 468B.337 Next
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