Exploration for minerals is allowed on Commercial Forest (CF) land.
Extraction of Oil and Gas or Sand and Gravel is allowed, subject to certain provisions.
Extraction of any other minerals is not allowed and requires that the affected land be withdrawn from CF.
Extraction of Oil and Gas can occur on CF subject to the following:
- The oil/gas well must be permitted through the Department of Environmental Quality.
- Oil and Gas may be removed from CF land after application to and approval by the MDNR.
- Facilities, equipment, and structures directly related to and used solely for the extraction of oil and gas are permitted on land listed under the act.
- Refining of hydrocarbon liquids or underground natural gas storage/compression and any associated structures are not permitted on land listed under the act.
Extraction of Sand and Gravel:
- Non Commercial sand and gravel may be removed from CF land after application to and approval by the MDNR, subject to the following conditions:
- Removal site is not greater than 5 acres ( excluding access to the site);
- Sand and gravel is utilized by:
- the CF landowner for personal use
- the owner of the mineral rights (if not the CF landowner) for personal use
- Sand and gravel is sold to a governmental unit or contractor/agent undertaking a project for a governmental unit
Extraction of any other minerals from CF land is not allowed.
- Prior to extraction, the affected land must be withdrawn from the CF program.
- Affected land is defined as one of the following:
- Each 40 acre description over, upon, within or under which mining operations occur OR
- The area over, upon, within or under which mining operations occur as delineated on a project map.
- In addition to the extraction site, mining operations include:
- Processing facilities
- Stockpiling areas
- Water and tailings basins
- Shipping facilities