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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
EXCAVATION. Any activity, other than agricultural activities, which disturbs the surface of the land including, but not limited to, drilling or boring holes, embankments, land development, mineral extraction and moving disposition, or storing of minerals, soil or rock.
MINERAL. Any valuable inert or lifeless substance formed or deposited in its present position through natural agencies alone and which is found in or upon the soil of the earth or in the rocks beneath the soil; and shall include, but not be limited to, not only the various ores of the precious metals, but also coal, gravel, clay, marble, stone of various sorts, slate, salt, sand, natural gas, petroleum and water.
ONE ACRE OR MORE. The combined total area used for access and haul roads, stockpile and storage areas, and all other areas disturbed or used incidental to the project.
OPERATOR. Any person, partnership, company or corporation engaged in the excavation of minerals.
PERMITTEE. Any person, partnership, company or corporation to which a permit has been legally granted under this chapter.
STABILIZATION. The proper placing, grading and/or covering of soil or rock to ensure their resistance to erosion, sliding or other movement.
WELL. A borehole in the earth for the purpose of or to be used for producing, extracting or injecting any gas, oil, water or other mineral.
(Ord. 1278, passed 10-19-1981)