Oregon Statutes - Chapter 522 - Geothermal Resources - Section 522.545 - Rulemaking authority.

The governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries may make, in compliance with ORS chapter 183, rules and orders for the following purposes:

(1) To review and enforce voluntary unit agreements governing production of geothermal resources in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of this chapter.

(2) To provide application forms and procedures to enable a person to request the board to initiate a unit agreement.

(3) To develop and enforce, when necessary, unit agreements satisfying the requirements of this chapter.

(4) To settle disagreements between the parties to a unit agreement over unit operation.

(5) To change the boundaries of a unit area.

(6) To prevent the drilling and operation of geothermal wells and the production of geothermal resources in a manner that causes injury to neighboring leaseholds or property.

(7) To levy fees on any operator, person, state or local governing body, special district or agency that holds a royalty interest in a unit area to cover reasonable costs associated with the development and administration of a unit agreement. [1981 c.588 §22]

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