1.    A geophysical exploration contractor desiring to engage in geophysical exploration in this state shall file with the commission a good and sufficient surety bond in the amount of fifty thousand dollars if the contractor intends to conduct shot hole operations or in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars if the contractor intends to use any other method of geophysical exploration. Each subcontractor engaged by the geophysical exploration contractor for the drilling or plugging of seismic shot holes must file with the commission a good and sufficient surety bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars. The bond must be in a form prescribed by the commission and must indemnify all owners of property within the state, including the state and its political subdivisions, against physical damages to property which may result from geophysical exploration and the plugging of drill holes. The bond must cover all geophysical exploration and plugging operations conducted within one year of the date the bond is issued and must be automatically renewed unless the commission and the person covered by the bond receive notice sixty days before any anniversary date of the surety’s intent not to renew the bond. If the surety does not renew the geophysical exploration contractor’s bond, the surety’s liability under the bond ceases six years from the date that geophysical exploration or reclamation covered by the bond was last conducted in the state. If the surety does not renew the drilling or plugging bond, the surety’s liability under the bond ceases two years from the date the drilling and plugging covered by the bond was last conducted in this state. A person required to     post a bond under this subsection may post cash or a certificate of deposit in lieu of the bond under rules adopted by the commission.

Terms Used In North Dakota Code 38-08.1-03.1

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Person: means an individual, organization, government, political subdivision, or government agency or instrumentality. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Process: means a writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Property: includes property, real and personal. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49
  • written: include "typewriting" and "typewritten" and "printing" and "printed" except in the case of signatures and when the words are used by way of contrast to typewriting and printing. See North Dakota Code 1-01-37
  • year: means twelve consecutive months. See North Dakota Code 1-01-33

2.    The aggregate liability of the surety on the bond may in no event exceed the amount of the bond.

3.    Upon filing the bond required by this section and presenting a certificate of authority to transact business in this state issued under section 10-19.1-136, a certificate of incorporation issued under chapter 10-19.1, or some other certificate issued by the secretary of state showing the name of the person designated as resident agent for service of process, the commission shall issue to the person desiring to engage in geophysical exploration or plugging operations or any subcontractor of that person a certificate showing that the bond has been filed and showing the name and address of the surety company and the name of the person designated resident agent for service of process.

4.    The proceeds of a surety bond become the property of the commission or the cash or certificate of deposit posted in lieu of a surety bond may not be returned to that person if the principal or person posting the bond, cash, or certificate of deposit fails to comply with this chapter and rules adopted by the commission under this chapter. This must be determined by the commission after notice and hearing in accordance with rules adopted by the commission. Notice of the hearing must be given to the principal and surety on the bond or to the person posting the cash or certificate of deposit by mailing a copy of the notice of hearing and a copy of a complaint, stating the grounds for forfeiture to them, filed by the commission. This must be done by certified mail, return receipt requested, and addressed to their last-known address listed with the commission. If the principal or surety or person posting the cash or certificate of deposit has a defense to, or otherwise wishes to contest the complaint of the commission, that person must file a written statement or answer setting forth the defense with the commission at least three business days before the commission hearing. Any defense or reason for contesting the complaint is waived if that person fails to do so. The commission may treat the failure to file a defense or reason to contest the complaint or the failure to appear at the hearing as default by the party. If the commission determines the principal on the bond or the person posting the cash or certificate of deposit as security has complied with this chapter and rules adopted by the commission under this chapter, including the proper plugging of wells and seismic holes and reclamation of the surrounding affected area, with respect to all operations secured by the bond, the commission shall release the obligation of the bond or return the cash or certificate of deposit upon its next anniversary date.