2017 ORS 520.230¹
Approved agreement for cooperative or unit development of pool not to be construed as violating certain regulatory laws

(1) An agreement for the unit or cooperative development and operation of a field or pool in connection with the conduct of repressuring or pressure maintenance operations, cycling or recycling operations, including the extraction and separation of liquid hydrocarbons from natural gas in connection therewith, or any other method of operation, including water floods, is authorized and may be performed and shall not be held or construed to violate ORS 59.005 (Short title) to 59.505 (Provision of records to law enforcement and certain state agencies), 59.710 (Definitions for ORS 59.710 to 59.830) to 59.830 (Self-incrimination by witness), 59.991 (Criminal penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) and 59.995 (Civil penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) or any of the statutes of this state relative to trusts, monopolies or contracts and combinations in restraint of trade, if such agreement is approved by the governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries as being in the public interest, for the protection of correlative rights and reasonably necessary to increase ultimate recovery or prevent waste of oil or gas. The failure to submit such an agreement to the board for approval does not, for that reason, imply or constitute evidence that the agreement or operations conducted pursuant thereto violate ORS 59.005 (Short title) to 59.505 (Provision of records to law enforcement and certain state agencies), 59.710 (Definitions for ORS 59.710 to 59.830) to 59.830 (Self-incrimination by witness), 59.991 (Criminal penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) and 59.995 (Civil penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) or any statute of this state now or hereafter in effect relating to trusts and monopolies.

(2) An agreement for the unit or cooperative development or operation of a field, pool or part thereof may be submitted to the board for approval as being in the public interest or reasonably necessary to prevent waste or protect correlative rights. Approval by the board constitutes a complete defense to any proceeding charging violation of ORS 59.005 (Short title) to 59.505 (Provision of records to law enforcement and certain state agencies), 59.710 (Definitions for ORS 59.710 to 59.830) to 59.830 (Self-incrimination by witness), 59.991 (Criminal penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) and 59.995 (Civil penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) or of any statute of this state now or hereafter in effect relating to trusts and monopolies on account thereof or on account of operations conducted pursuant thereto. The failure to submit such an agreement to the board for approval does not, for that reason, imply or constitute evidence that the agreement or operations conducted pursuant thereto violate ORS 59.005 (Short title) to 59.505 (Provision of records to law enforcement and certain state agencies), 59.710 (Definitions for ORS 59.710 to 59.830) to 59.830 (Self-incrimination by witness), 59.991 (Criminal penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) and 59.995 (Civil penalties for ORS 59.005 to 59.505 and 59.710 to 59.830) or any statute of this state now or hereafter in effect relating to trusts and monopolies. [Formerly 520.085; subsection (2) enacted as 1961 c.671 §13; 1963 c.69 §1]

Chapter 520

Atty. Gen. Opinions

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

Law Review Cita­tions

13 WLJ 305 (1977)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 520—Conservation of Gas and Oil, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors520.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 520, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano520.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.