Alaska Statutes.
Title 41. Public Resources
Chapter 6. Geothermal Resources
Section 50. Relationship of Geothermal Resources to Water.
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AS 41.06.050. Relationship of Geothermal Resources to Water.

(a) An operator shall, before drilling or constructing a geothermal well or group of wells to be operated in concert, file an application with the commissioner for approval to drill the well or wells. The date of filing of the application establishes priority as to later appropriators of nongeothermal fluids. The application must contain sufficient information to enable the commissioner to determine whether the operation of the well or wells will interfere with or impair a prior water right.

(b) An operator may not begin well drilling or construction without the approval of the commissioner. The commissioner shall approve the well construction upon the conditions necessary to protect the public interest, if

(1) the proposed geothermal operation will not significantly interfere with or substantially impair a prior water right;

(2) the geothermal owner has acquired through purchase or condemnation adequate water rights to offset the potential interference or impairment; or

(3) the geothermal owner has obtained and dedicated to the affected party or parties an equivalent amount of replacement water of comparable quality.

(c) Geothermal fluid is not subject to appropriation under AS 46.15 and priority may not be established among geothermal owners in a geothermal system.

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