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469.141 REGULATION TO PROTECT MINED UNDERGROUND SPACE.
    Subdivision 1. Department of Natural Resources review. The Department of Natural
Resources shall review all project plans that involve dewatering of underground formations for
construction and operation of mined underground space to determine the effects of the proposal
on the quality and quantity of underground waters in and adjacent to the areas where the mined
underground space is to be developed.
    Subd. 2. Power to regulate. Cities may regulate all drilling, except water well and
exploratory drilling that is subject to the provisions of chapter 103I, above, in, through, and
adjacent to subsurface areas designated for mined underground space development and existing
mined underground space. The regulations may prohibit, restrict, control, and require permits
for such drilling.
    Subd. 3. Water well regulation. Cities may prohibit, restrict, control, and require permits
for drilling of wells as defined in section 103I.005, but the construction and abandonment of water
wells is governed by chapter 103I.
    Subd. 4. Permits for water removal. No mined underground space project involving or
affecting the quality and quantity of underground waters may be developed until a water use
permit for the appropriation of waters has been granted by the commissioner of natural resources
under chapter 103G.
History: 1987 c 291 s 142; 1990 c 391 art 8 s 49; 1996 c 305 art 1 s 101; 1997 c 7 art 1 s 145