(1) When used herein, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
(a) "Board" means the Board of Land Commissioners of the state of Montana;
(b) "Commercial quantities" means that quantity of coal which can be sold at profit in the commercial market;
(c) "Coal" means and includes black or brownish-black solid fossil fuel which has been subjected to the natural process of coalification and which falls within the classification of coal by rank: I, anthracite; II, bituminous; III, sub-bituminous; IV, lignite;
(d) "Department" means Department of Natural Resources and Conservation;
(e) "Director" means director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, chief administrative officer of the department;
(f) "Interests foreign to the United States" means countries, states, or governmental subdivisions other than those within the United States of America;
(g) "Lessee" means the person in whose name and coal lease appears of record in the offices of the department, whether such person be the original lessee or a subsequent assignee. The term "lessee" also includes, where the context of the rule may indicate, any person who is the apparent successful bidder for a coal lease but with whom a formal coal lease agreement has not been completed and finalized;
(h) "Person" means any individual, firm, association or corporation or other legal entity;
(i) "Qualified applicant" means any person who may become a qualified lessee as set forth herein;
(j) "State" means the state of Montana;
(k) "State lands" means all lands the leasing of which for coal purposes is under the jurisdiction of the board;
(l) "Value" means the contract sales price as defined in 15-35-102, MCA.
History: 77-3-303, MCA; IMP, 77-3-301, MCA; NEW, 1979 MAR p. 734, Eff. 7/12/79; TRANS, 1996 MAR p. 2384; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 1319, Eff. 6/27/08.