ORS 522.445¹
Condition to effectiveness of unitization plan and unit agreement

(1) No rule or order of the governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries which creates a unit and prescribes a unitization plan and no applicable unit agreement shall be effective unless the plan of unit operation required by the board under ORS 522.405 (Unitization) has been approved in writing by:

(a) The operators who will be required to pay under the board’s rule or order at least 75 percent of the unit operation costs; and

(b) The persons or state or local governing body, special district or agency that, at the time of the board rule or order, own record legal title to 75 percent of the royalties payable with respect to the geothermal resource produced from the unit area.

(2) If the royalty owners who own the required percentage interest in the unit area and the operators have not approved the unitization plan within six months of the date on which the rule or order creating the unit is adopted or entered, that rule or order shall become ineffective and shall be considered to have been repealed or revoked by the board. [1981 c.588 §12]

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/­ors522.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 522, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano522.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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.
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