SB 1579A increases fees & regulations on mining operations and mineral & gas exploration

Senate Floor
Senate Floor 03/05/2020 3:00am  
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This bill will establish and modify fees and requirements for permits for mineral exploration, mining operations, exclusion certificates, gas and oil drilling and exploration, and geothermal well drilling operation. Limits number and distribution of onshore exploration sites and oil, gas, and geothermal wells.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
This bill goes against the Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 303 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, declaring rare earth metals is essential for national defense and it allows for mining so the US isn’t dependent on China for defense.

Fiscal Responsibility
Raises Geology and Mineral Industries fees from 12.5% to 42% and authorizes rulemaking. Increases drill permits up to 400% and renewal fees up to 550%. Adds a seismic program permit for $2,000, which seems to defeat the need for seismic information if that’s the only purpose of the drill.

Limited Government
The rewrite reflects this legislature. It changes positive language into a negative approach. A person may not engage in onshore exploration that disturbs more than one surface acre or involves drilling to greater than 50 feet except in compliance with a permit issued by the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries by rule to assess the impacts of the proposed exploration. Each permit application may include a single contiguous exploration boundary that no more than 640 acres and no more than five holes.

Free Markets
Mining businesses are being targeted for large fee increases that could drive the smaller ones out of business.


  1. BLM and DEQ already have high fees. I can’t afford to do any mining to go along with all the reporting needed. They just want to kill any mining in Oregon. I spent thousands of dollars for equipment and spent in local economies. F’n damn commies. Get Kate Brown out of office !!!

  2. I am associated with two major projects,One with more than a million ounces of gold,possibly twice that amount and a critical deposit with a potential of many billions of $ worth of strategic metals and Rare Earth elements that our country is completely dependent on China to supply Production from this property will be slowed and possibly stopped by these regulations Oregon already has a reputation of being so green and regulated that many companies shy away from doing business here We lost a major contract because of our location Oregon will lose many potential jobs and a huge amount of revenue STOP THIS BILL

  3. Hey, you confuse us with this form by NOT saying “Email” on the line that says it will not be published…

    Your word “Mail” should say “email”…

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