2007 ORS 522.155¹
Liability for failure to protect ground water
  • standards for protection of ground and surface water
  • rules

(1) In addition to any other liability of the operator of a geothermal well, the operator shall be liable to any person or public agency that sustains damages from failure of the operator to comply with a condition in a permit requiring the operator to provide for the protection of ground water in the area affected by the well.

(2) The governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shall adopt by rule standards for blowout prevention, equipment and casing design and removal, and any other procedures necessary to shut out detrimental substances from strata containing ground or surface water usable for beneficial purposes. [1975 c.552 §9]

Chapter 522

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Power of Depart­ment of Environ­mental Quality to regulate recovery of geothermal resources, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100; require­ments for exploring for or produc­tion of geothermal or oil or gas resources, (1974) Vol 37, p 68

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 522—Geothermal Resources, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­522.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 522, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­522ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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