Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration (DMRE)

Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Contact

Lowell Price
Fluid Minerals Program Manager

Statute & Regulations

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Assembly Bill 52 of the 2017 session was signed into law in June, 2017.   The purpose of this legislation is to define a permitting path for dissolved mineral exploration, including lithium brines,  and to develop regulations to ensure exploration drilling for dissolved minerals is protective of groundwater, as well as oil and geothermal resources.  The legislation authorizes regulation by the Division beginning on January 1, 2018.  The Division of Minerals is now accepting applications for Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration (DMRE) wells and notices of intent for DMRE exploration boreholes.  All forms for the program are located below, can be picked up at the Division office, or mailed to the public upon request.

The Division of Water Resources (NDWR), Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and Division of Minerals (NDOM) are jointly developing regulations for dissolved mineral resource exploration boreholes and wells. A public workshop was held on December 21, 2017 to accept comments on the draft regulations and edits are being made to the regulation draft.  These regulations have not yet been considered for adoption by the Commission on Mineral Resources. The date of the adoption hearing before the Commission will be posted on the Division of Minerals web site and the State of Nevada Public Notice site at: https://notice.nv.gov/.

Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Regulation Adoption Hearing

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    Areas with Limitations Interactive Map

    This map is to be utilized in order to determine if a proposed dissolved mineral resource exploration well is located within a boundary designated by the Division as an "area with limitations" pursuant to NAC 534B.

    Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Forms

    Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Filed Reports