ORS 516.100¹
Reports and publications of department

(1) The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shall have prepared, printed and published reports, pamphlets, charts and maps, embracing the matters addressed in ORS 516.030 (Duties of department) and ORS chapters 517, 520 and 522. All maps, charts, special bulletins and other publications shall be for public distribution, but the department may make a reasonable charge to cover publication and distribution costs.

(2)(a) When a report embodies results of surveys or studies of economic importance, no information of any kind concerning the contents of such report shall be given out prior to publication, if such prior information could place the recipient in a preferential position as regards its use.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection, if an investigation of a mineral property or geologic hazard within the state is made by an employee of the department at the request of either the owner or a person in control of such property, results of the investigation shall be conveyed to the owner or person in control prior to the publication of a report of such results. After they have been conveyed to the owner or person, the results shall be open to public inspection prior to their publication. [Amended by 1975 c.605 §26; 1993 c.260 §7; 2005 c.22 §373]

Chapter 516

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; authority of Depart­ment of Geology and Mineral Industries to classify categories of natural gas wells, (1980) Vol 40, p 178

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 516—Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­516.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 516, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­516ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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