5-7-41Assignment of certain state-owned minerals to oil and gas royalty increment status--Required findings.

The commissioner of school and public lands may, upon his own motion or upon petition by an interested person assign, specific state-owned minerals to oil and gas royalty increment status. The assignment shall be made pursuant to the contested case requirements of chapter 1-26 and shall include a legal description of the state mineral lands assigned the status and a specific term, under ten years, during which the lands may be leased as on an oil and gas royalty increment status. The assignment may be made only upon a finding by the commissioner that:

(1)    There has been no oil or gas production on the state-owned mineral land proposed to be assigned royalty increment status, and on private or federal minerals within the immediate area;

(2)    There has been no oil or gas lease issued on the state-owned mineral land proposed to be assigned royalty increment status within the last ten years;

(3)    There has been no oil or gas prospecting permit issued for the state-owned mineral land proposed to be assigned royalty increment status within the last five years;

(4)    There has been no exploration permit for oil or gas issued by the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the immediate area of the state-owned mineral land proposed to be assigned royalty increment status within the last five years;

(5)    The assignment of oil and gas royalty increment status to the state-owned minerals may encourage the development of oil or gas reserves on those lands; and

(6)    The assignment will not have a substantial impact on privately owned minerals within the immediate area surrounding the state-owned mineral land proposed to be assigned royalty increment status.

Source: SL 1992, ch 43, § 1; SL 2021, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 21-3), § 14, eff. Apr. 19, 2021.