ORS 516.010¹

As used in this chapter:

(1) “Board” means the governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries established pursuant to ORS 516.080 (Governing board).

(2) “Department” means the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries established pursuant to ORS 516.020 (Creation of department).

(3) “Mine” includes all mineral-bearing properties of whatever kind and character, whether underground, quarry, pit, well, spring or other source from which any mineral substance is obtained.

(4) “Mineral” includes any and all mineral products, metallic and nonmetallic, solid, liquid or gaseous, and mineral waters of all kinds.

(5) “Mineral industries” includes all enterprises engaged in developing and exploiting the natural substances of the earth.

(6) “Geologic hazard” means a geologic condition that is a potential danger to life and property which includes but is not limited to earthquake, landslide, flooding, erosion, expansive soil, fault displacement, volcanic eruption and subsidence.

(7) “Geology” means the study of the earth, and in particular the study of the origin, history and topographic form of rocks, ores and minerals, either under the ground or upon the surface, and their alteration by surface agencies, such as wind, water, ice and other agencies, and the economics of their use. [Amended by 1989 c.954 §1; 1993 c.260 §1]

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/­ors516.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 516, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano516.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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