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13.793 NATURAL RESOURCE DATA; MINERAL DATA.
(a) Nonpublic data. Except as provided in paragraph (b), the following data received and
maintained by the commissioner of natural resources are nonpublic data:
(1) a letter or other documentation from a person that is supplied to the commissioner
before a public lease sale of metallic or other minerals for the purpose of making suggestions or
recommendations about which state lands may be offered for public lease sale;
(2) a written report or other documentation of private analyses of a state-owned or controlled
drill core that is public data and is under the custody of the commissioner; or
(3) exploration data received by the commissioner under the terms of a state mineral lease.
(b) Data become public. (1) Data under paragraph (a), clause (1), become public data three
years after the date the lease sale was held or, if not held, within three years after the date the lease
sale was scheduled to be held. Except as provided in clause (2), data under paragraph (a), clause
(2), become public data one year after receipt by the commissioner. Except as provided in clause
(3) or as otherwise provided for by law, data under paragraph (a), clause (3), become public data
upon termination of the state mineral lease under which the data were gathered.
(2) If data under paragraph (a), clause (2), relate to private land that is under mineral lease
to the person submitting the data, and the mineral lease is in force at the time the data are
submitted, the data become public data only after the mineral lease is no longer in force. The
person submitting the data that relate to private land that is under mineral lease shall provide
to the commissioner at the time the data are submitted and annually thereafter, in a format
designated by the commissioner, satisfactory evidence that the mineral lease is in effect. If, in
a given year, satisfactory evidence that the mineral lease is still in effect is not provided to the
commissioner before the anniversary date of receipt of the data by the commissioner, the data
immediately become public data.
(3) If data under paragraph (a), clause (3), are nonpublic data under the provisions of section
103I.605, subdivision 4, clause (c), the data become public data pursuant to the provisions of
section 103I.605, subdivision 4, clauses (c) and (d).
History: 1989 c 182 s 1; 1991 c 228 s 1; 1995 c 259 art 1 s 18; 1999 c 227 s 22