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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Energy
Chapter 40. Safety and Health Regulations for Mineral Mining
12/5/2021

4VAC25-40-5760. Application for mining near gas or oil wells.

A. Application may be made at any time to the director by the operator for an approval to conduct mining operations within 200 feet of any permitted gas or oil well, or gas or oil well being drilled, on forms furnished by the director and containing such information as the director may require.

B. The application shall be accompanied by a map or maps as specified in Chapter 16 (§ 45.1-180 et seq.) of Title 45.1 of the Code of Virginia showing all mining operations or workings projected within 200 feet of the well.

C. Notice of the application shall be sent by certified mail to the well operator and the gas and oil inspector. The notice shall inform the well operator of the right to object to the proposed mining activity. Objections must be filed with the director within 15 days after notice is received by the objecting person.

D. The director may, prior to considering the application, make or cause to be made any inspections or surveys which he deems necessary, and may, if no objection is filed by the well operator or the gas and oil inspector within 15 days after the notice is received, grant the request of the operator to conduct the mining operations as projected, or with such modifications as he may deem necessary.

E. If the well operator or gas and oil inspector files objections, a hearing will be held under the same procedures as set forth in § 9-6.14:11 of the Code of Virginia.

F. If the applicant for an approval to mine within 200 feet of a gas or oil well submits proof in writing that none of the persons required to be notified under this section has any objection to the projected mining activity, then the director may waive the notice requirement under this section and grant the request of the operator to conduct the projected mining activity, provided all other conditions have been met.

Statutory Authority

§§ 45.1-161.3, 45.1-161.294 and 45.1-161.305 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 17, eff. July 1, 1998.

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