The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) was created in 1937 as an independent state agency. It has evolved from its early focus on mining to become Oregon’s major source of information to help Oregonians understand and prepare for the vast array of natural hazards that accompany the state’s spectacular geology. Mapping the state’s varied geology and natural hazards is a primary function of the agency. These hazards include earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and coastal erosion.
The department also regulates surface mining, in addition to oil, gas and geothermal resource exploration. DOGAMI’s Mineral Land Reclamation Program regulates Oregon’s mining industry to ensure that mine operators protect the environment while mining and return the land to beneficial use after mines are closed. The Oil and Gas Program has essentially the same responsibilities in regulating natural gas and geothermal exploration and production.