(1) The Division
may withdraw any mineral rights from availability for exploration or leasing at
any time prior to receipt of notice of a discovery. Withdrawals based on
applicants' environmental reports or state investigation shall be subject to
appeal under ORS Chapter 183.
The Division reserves the right to conduct competitive bid sales on lands not
subject to preference rights or otherwise encumbered, whenever deemed necessary
on or nearby discovered mineral occurrences.
(3) The Division may refuse to grant a lease
for state-owned mineral rights because of considerations of environmental
quality or other public interest.
(4) The Division may, by agreement with
interested parties, provide special rules, interagency agreements, compensatory
development or other means which deviate from these mineral leasing rules where
the statutes, rules, and regulations defining and implementing the dedicated
purpose for which state-owned surface rights were acquired are in conflict with
mineral rights exploration and development.