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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 25. Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
9/27/2021

Chapter 25. Division of Geology and Mineral Resources.

§ 45.1-383. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Division of Geology and Mineral Resources; State Geologist.

In the Department there shall be a Division of Geology and Mineral Resources. The chief executive and head officer of the Division shall be called the Commissioner of Mineral Resources and State Geologist, hereinafter referred to as the State Geologist. The State Geologist shall be appointed by the Director, shall be a geologist of established reputation and shall receive such compensation as may be provided in accordance with law for the purpose.

1984, c. 590; 2008, c. 369.

§ 45.1-384. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) General powers and duties of State Geologist.

The State Geologist shall exercise such of the powers and perform such of the duties, in relation to mineral resources, geology and geophysical matters, which are conferred or imposed upon the Director by the provisions of this title, including powers and duties that involve the exercise of discretion, as may be delegated to him by the Director. The State Geologist may also exercise and perform such other powers and duties as may be lawfully delegated to him, and such powers and duties as may be conferred or imposed upon him by law.

1984, c. 590.

§ 45.1-385. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Using or revealing information gathered.

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, neither the State Geologist, nor any employee or agent of the Division, shall make use of or reveal any proprietary information or statistics gathered from any source for any purpose or purposes other than those of this chapter, except with the express written consent of the source of such information or statistics. Neither shall the State Geologist reveal such information to the Director or any other employee of the Department who is not employed within the Division.

1984, c. 590.

§ 45.1-386. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Responsibilities and duties of the Division.

The Division shall have for its responsibilities and duties the following:

1. An examination of the geological formations of the Commonwealth and the resources contained therein, with special reference to both economic products and energy resources, namely, coals, ores, clays, feldspar, lime, natural gas, oil, cement, sand and gravel, stone, materials suitable for use in building and road construction, mineral waters, other mineral substances, and geothermal energy resources.

2. An examination of latent resources and waste minerals to determine the best methods of utilizing the same, studies of the soils and weathered residuum as related to parent rock.

3. The maintenance of repositories for representative rock and mineral materials from various wells, mines, excavations and naturally occurring exposures.

4. Maintenance of records and statistics of the mineral industry and geological conditions of the Commonwealth.

5. Performance of such chemical and physical tests, including test borings, to acquire subsurface information relative to mineral deposits masked by soils and rock overburden.

6. An examination of the physical features of the Commonwealth with reference to their practical bearing upon the occupation and well-being of the people.

7. The preparation of special geological and economic maps and displays to illustrate the resources of the Commonwealth.

8. The preparation of regular and special reports, with necessary illustrations and maps, which shall embrace both a general and detailed description of the geology and mineral resources of the Commonwealth.

9. The consideration of such other scientific and economic questions as in the judgment of the Director shall be deemed of value to the people of the Commonwealth.

10. To arrange for the investigation and reporting of geology of the Commonwealth with the Director or the representative of the United States Geological Survey in regard to cooperation between the United States Geological Survey and the Department in topographic and geologic work in such instances as may be deemed necessary and of advantage to the Commonwealth. In all cooperative work, a sum of money shall be expended by the United States Geological Survey at least equivalent to that expended by the Department. The Director may accept or reject the work of the United States Geological Survey.

11. The participation in matters requiring geological and mineral resources advice and guidance as related to state lands and sought by state agencies and institutions.

12. The provision of basic research and the development of methods utilized in the determination of characteristics, structure and origin for geological formations and economic mineral deposits.

1984, c. 590.

§ 45.1-387. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Printing and distribution of regular and special reports.

The regular and special reports of the Division, with proper illustrations and maps, shall be printed as the Director may direct, and the reports shall be distributed as the interests of the Commonwealth and of science may indicate.

1984, c. 590.

§ 45.1-388. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Disposition of materials that have served purpose of the Division.

Materials collected, after having served the purpose of the Division, shall be distributed to the educational institutions of the Commonwealth, in such manner as the Director may determine to be of the greatest advantage to the educational interests of the Commonwealth.

1984, c. 590.

§ 45.1-389. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Immunity from prosecution for trespass.

No criminal action for trespass shall lie against the State Geologist, or any agent or employee of the State Geologist, on account of lawful acts done in the performance of their duties, including entry upon the lands of any person or persons for the purpose of performing such duties.

1984, c. 590.