(1) This rule applies to a prospecting operation that is outside an area designated unsuitable and conducted to determine the location, quality, or quantity of a coal deposit pursuant to 82-4-226(7), MCA, that does not remove more than 250 tons of coal and that does not substantially disturb the natural land surface.

(2) A person who conducts a coal prospecting operation pursuant to (1) must, before conducting the prospecting operations, file with the department a prospecting permit application on a form provided by the department. Prospecting operations must not be conducted until the department has reviewed the application pursuant to 82-4-226(8), MCA, and issued a permit.

(3) All provisions of this subchapter, except ARM 17.24.1001(1), (2), and (4) through (6), 17.24.1006(2) and (3)(b) and (c), 17.24.1007, 17.24.1009, 17.24.1014, and 17.24.1018 apply to a prospecting operation permitted pursuant to 82-4-226(8), MCA.

History: 82-4-226, MCA; IMP, 82-4-226, MCA; NEW, 2012 MAR p. 737, Eff. 4/13/12.