85-1-504. Determinations by department. (1) Within a reasonable time following the conclusion of the lease application period, the department shall hold a hearing to examine all applications that have been received for the lease of the project.
(2) Within 180 days following the conclusion of the lease application period, the department shall reject any or all applications or shall award a lease to the party whose offer, considered in its totality, is the most advantageous to the state.
(3) The decision must include a determination that the potential developer will provide an adequate royalty payment, is capable of carrying out the proposed development, can provide efficient and reliable service, and intends in good faith without unnecessary delay to proceed with the development.
(4) If all lease applications are rejected, the department may negotiate with all applicants on an equal basis in an effort to arrive at an acceptable application.
History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 503, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 435, Ch. 418, L. 1995.