2007 ORS 522.255¹
Resolution of conflicts between geothermal and water uses

If interference between an existing geothermal well permitted under this chapter and an existing water appropriation permitted under ORS chapter 537 is found by either the State Geologist or the Water Resources Director, the State Geologist and the Water Resources Director shall work cooperatively to resolve the conflict and develop a cooperative management program for the area. In determining what action should be taken, they shall consider the following goals:

(1) Achieving the most beneficial use of the water and heat resources;

(2) Allowing all existing users of the resources to continue to use those resources to the greatest extent possible; and

(3) Insuring that the public interest in efficient use of water and heat resources is protected. [1981 c.589 §8]

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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