ORS 516.035¹
Powers of department

The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries may:

(1) Make or have made qualitative and quantitative determinations of ores and minerals that are submitted for such purpose and that are from within the State of Oregon. The department shall mail to the sender of such ores or minerals the results of such determination as soon as practicable after making such determination. Such services shall be performed by the department at the request of a member of the general public at a reasonable charge.

(2) Perform geological surveys or analyses at the request of any state agency if department funding allows undertaking such surveys or analyses and may make reasonable charges for these services.

(3) Collect and exhibit specimens, samples and photographs, models and drawings of appliances in the mines, mills and metallurgical plants of Oregon.

(4) Enter into contracts or agreements with the federal government or any agency thereof, pursuant to which the department shall operate or act as the agent of the federal government in the operation of a mineral assay service or similar analytical service, the cost of which is to be reimbursed by the federal government.

(5) Establish, equip and operate a geochemical laboratory which may:

(a) Make geochemical determinations at the request of any department, institution or other agency of the state, without any charge in excess of the actual cost thereof.

(b) Make other geochemical determinations at a reasonable charge in excess of the actual cost thereof.

(6) Enter into contracts or agreements with a person, a public body as defined in ORS 174.109 (“Public body” defined) or the federal government or an agency thereof, pursuant to which the department performs geoscientific surveys or analyses. [1971 c.441 §4; 1973 c.180 §1; 1993 c.260 §3; 2011 c.72 §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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