15A NCAC 03O .0206      LEASE PROTEST

(a)  Should any person object to the granting of any initial or renewal lease, he has the right to protest its issuance prior to the granting of the lease by the Secretary.  The protestant may file a sworn statement of protest with the Division  stating the grounds for protest.  The Secretary shall notify both the prospective lessee and the protestant upon receipt of a protest, and shall conduct such investigation as he deems necessary, and shall notify both parties of the outcome of his investigation.  Protestants or applicants receiving an adverse recommendation on the lease application from the Secretary may appeal this decision as outlined in G.S. 113‑202(g).

(b)  Any member of the public shall be allowed an opportunity to comment on any lease application during the public hearing at which the lease application is being considered by the Secretary.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑201; 113‑202; 143B‑289.52;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1994; September 1, 1991.