Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration (DMRE)

Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Contact

Lowell Price
Fluid Minerals Program Manager

Statute & Regulations

Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Links

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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 lithium brine exploration, and to develop regulations to ensure exploration drilling for lithium brines is protective of groundwater, as well as oil and geothermal resources.

    The Division of Water Resources (NDWR), Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and Division of Minerals (NDOM) will jointly develop regulations for dissolved mineral resource exploration boreholes and exploration wells during the second half of 2017.  After several stakeholder meetings to solicit input, a draft of the regulations was submitted to the Legislative Council Bureau (LCB) in late September, 2017.  The Division anticipates a public workshop will be scheduled in early December, followed by a public hearing before the Commission on Mineral Resources in early 2018. The legislation authorizes regulation by the Division on 1/1/2018.  Public workshops and hearings are posted on the Division of Minerals web site and the State of Nevada Public Notice site at: https://notice.nv.gov/

    Members of the public can also request to be placed on the Commission on Mineral Resources/Division of Minerals e-mail communication for Commission Meetings and agendas by contacting Valerie Kneefel at vkneefel@minerals.nv.gov.

    Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Workshop

    • Thursday, December 21, 2017
    • Location:  Legislative Counsel Bureau, 401 So. Carson St. #4100, Carson City, NV 89701
    • Time:  9:00am PST

      Dissolved Mineral Resource Exploration Documents

      ** Coming Soon **

      • DRME Forms
      • NOI for DMRE Boreholes (Approved)
      • DMRE Well Permits (Approved)
      • Well Drillers Reports
      • Borehole and Well Drillers Plugging Reports
      • Monthly Report for DMRE Wells