REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                         THE UNDERGROUND                                        
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
                            Chapter I                                           
                       GENERAL PROVISIONS                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. The Purpose of the Underground Law                              
     This Law  shall define  the basic  rights and obligations of               
the public  institutions of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as               
of legal  and natural  persons in  exploration, exploitation  and               
protection of  the underground  of  the  land  territory  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania, its  continental shelf  and economic zone               
territory in  the Baltic Sea starting with the surface of subsoil               
rocks on  land and  the surface  of the  bottom sediments in land               
waters and the sea.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 2. Ownership of the Underground                                    
     The underground  shall be  the exclusive  ownership  of  the               
State. The basis of the exploitation of the underground resources               
shall be  the right  to  exploitation,  which  in  the  procedure               
established by  this and  other laws  can be granted to legal and               
natural persons of the Republic of Lithuania by the Government of               
the Republic of Lithuania or the public institution authorised by               
the Government, and to foreign legal and natural persons - by the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania. Actions which directly               
or indirectly  violate  the  right  of  State  ownership  of  the               
underground shall be prohibited.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 3. Main Definitions                                                
     For purposes of this Law:                                                  
     underground resources  mean the  part of  natural resources,               
comprising the  elements of  structure  and  composition  of  the               
underground -  the solid bodies, liquids, gases or energy fields,               
which can  be utilised by the person, and the quantity or quality               
whereof are changing because of this utilisation;                               
     mineral resources  mean natural  mineral substances  in  the               
underground, which  can be  used in  material production  or  for               
other purposes:                                                                 
     non-metallic mineral resources;                                            
     metal ores;                                                                
     valuable minerals;                                                         
     hydrocarbons;                                                              
     ground water  means water  which is naturally accumulated or               
artificially  infiltrated   in  the  underground,  types  whereof               
according to their utilisation are:                                             
     fresh drinking - water which corresponds to the standards of               
drinking water  of the  Republic of  Lithuania or is suitable for               
preparation of such water;                                                      
     mineral -  water recognised  as  curative  or  suitable  for               
prophylactics by the Ministry of Health;                                        
     industrial  -  brines  and  mineralised  water,  from  which               
technologically possible  and economically  feasible  to  extract               
chemical elements or their combinations;                                        
     technical -  water, not  belonging to  any of  sorts, listed               
above and  which can be used in industry, agriculture, fishery or               
other purposes;                                                                 
     underground thermal energy means thermal energy naturally or               
artificially accumulated in the underground, rocks, water or gas;               
     deposit of  underground resources  mean  mineral  resources,               
ground  water   or  underground   thermal  energy,   existing  in               
conventional limits,  the quantity  and quality of which has been               
explored and  the extraction  of which,  in compliance  with  the               
requirements for  protection of  the environment,  are or  in the               
future can be economically feasible;                                            
     underground caves:                                                         
     natural caves in rocks and their layers;                                   
     artificial  caves,  created  in  the  course  of  mining  or               
constructed specially;                                                          
     valuable properties  of the underground mean the features of               
the structure,  composition of  the underground and the processes               
occurring there,  which are  elements of  the  natural  or  human               
ecosystem and  which influence  the conditions  of the human life               
and economic activities;                                                        
     utilisation of the underground:                                            
     investigation of the underground;                                          
     exploitation of underground resources;                                     
     utilisation of underground cavities;                                       
     investigation of  the underground  (geological survey) means               
an activity  the purpose  whereof is  to obtain  knowledge of the               
underground structure,  properties, state,  geological  processes               
occurring there,  resources, the impact of economic activities on               
the underground.  The work  carried out  to  prepare  underground               
resources and  cavities  for  exploitation  (drilling  production               
wells, geophysical  research and  others) and  providing the data               
about the  underground  are  regarded  as  investigation  of  the               
underground. The  types of  the investigation  of the underground               
are:                                                                            
     direct  -   investigations  in   the  course  of  which  the               
activities, that  have an  impact on the environment, are carried               
out (excavation,  drilling, blasting,  generating  vibrating  and               
physical fields, sampling and others);                                          
     remote  -   investigations  which   do  not   influence  the               
environment, but  estimate the physical properties or composition               
of certain objects in the underground - instrumental measurements               
of the  physical fields or radiation, airborne geological surveys               
and others;                                                                     
     indirect   -    scientific    generalisation    and    other               
investigations which  do not  influence the environment and which               
are not  related to  the estimation of the physical properties or               
composition of the certain objects of the underground;                          
     exploitation of  underground resources  and  utilisation  of               
cavities mean  the extraction of mineral resources, ground water,               
underground thermal  energy, use  of natural  or artificial caves               
(excluding excavation  for construction, deepening of the bottoms               
of rivers and harbours for shipping).                                           
     The utilisation of rocks for filtration purposes is regarded               
as exploitation of underground caves;                                           
     data about  the underground  (geological data) mean all data               
obtained in  the course  of the  utilisation of the underground -               
drill cores, samples, fossils, collections of minerals and rocks,               
the results  of the investigation of their physical, chemical and               
other properties and their generalisation; and                                  
     protection of the underground means activities and measures,               
the purpose of which is to protect the valuable properties of the               
underground from physical, chemical, biological or other negative               
influence occurring  as a  result of  natural processes  or human               
activity, and full or partial restoration of these properties, as               
well as rational exploitation of the underground resources.                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter II                                           
              STATE REGULATION OF THE UTILISATION,                              
            PROTECTION AND CONTROL OF THE UNDERGROUND                           
                                                                                
     Article 4. General Competence of the Government of the                     
               Republic of Lithuania.                                           
     1. The  investigation of  the underground,  exploitation and               
protection of  its resources  shall be organised and regulated by               
the Government  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  in  the  manner               
prescribed by  this and  other laws of the Republic of Lithuania,               
directly or  through ministries,  other governmental institutions               
and the governors of counties.                                                  
     2. All  functions of  the State  regulation provided by this               
Law, shall  be provided for in the regulations of the ministries,               
governmental  institutions,   and  the   administrations  of  the               
governors of counties.                                                          
     3. The  programmes of  exploitation of underground resources               
approved by  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall be               
confirmed by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.                           
                                                                                
     Article 5. Competence of Special Public Institutions                       
     1. Special  public institutions  for the  regulation of  the               
protection and  utilisation  of  the  underground  shall  be  the               
Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Geological Survey of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     2. The  Ministry of Environmental Protection shall implement               
the State  strategy for  the protection  and utilisation  of  the               
underground, carry out control of the exploitation and protection               
of underground  resources, according  to its  competence estimate               
the limits and conditions for the exploitation of the underground               
resources, regulate and control the accounting of the underground               
resources,  fulfil  other  functions  delegated  by  the  Law  on               
Environmental Protection  and other  laws, and  by decrees of the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
     3. The  Geological Survey  of Lithuania  shall organise  and               
carry out  the State geological surveys, regulate the utilisation               
and protection  of the  underground, control  direct  and  remote               
investigations, form  and manage the State geological information               
system, fulfil  other functions delegated by laws of the Republic               
of Lithuania  and decrees  of the  Government of  the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 6. Competence of the Governor of the County and                    
               Municipal Institutions                                           
     1.  The   governor  of  the  county  shall  consider  issues               
concerning taking,  granting a  right to utilise, and leasing the               
land, necessary  for the utilisation of the underground, regulate               
the utilisation  of the  underground according  to the  procedure               
prescribed by  the Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania and               
within his  competence, established  by laws  of the  Republic of               
Lithuania and the Government.                                                   
     2. Municipal institutions shall regulate the utilisation and               
protection  of   the  underground  according  to  the  competence               
established by  the Law  on Local Self-Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter III                                          
                INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNDERGROUND                               
                                                                                
     Article 7. Licences to Carry out the Investigation of                      
               the Underground                                                  
     1. Direct  and remote  investigations of the underground may               
be carried  out by legal and natural persons, having a licence to               
carry out this kind of economic activity.                                       
     2.  The   licences  to   carry   out   direct   and   remote               
investigations of  the underground  for legal and natural persons               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania and  foreign  countries  shall  be               
issued by  the Geological  Survey  of  Lithuania  in  the  manner               
prescribed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                      
                                                                                
     Article 8. Registration of the Investigations of the                       
               Underground                                                      
     1. Investigations  of the  underground of  all types must be               
registered by  the Geological  Survey of  Lithuania in the manner               
prescribed by  it, except  for indirect investigations, which are               
performed with non-State resources.                                             
     2. Prior to their commencement, direct investigations of the               
underground must be reported to the board of the municipality, on               
the territory  whereof the investigations are planned, and to the               
land survey  of the administration of the governor of the county.               
These investigations  shall be  co-ordinated with  the owners and               
users of  the land  in the  procedure established  by laws of the               
Republic of Lithuania and by the Government.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 9. Conditions of Investigation of the                              
               Underground                                                      
     1. The utilisation of underground resources in the course of               
the investigation  of the  underground can be carried out only in               
necessary cases, amounts and ways provided for in the work plan.                
     2. The  Geological Survey  of  Lithuania  may  instruct  the               
licensee to carry out additional investigations, related with his               
work. The  expenses of  the additional work and the losses caused               
by them shall be compensated.                                                   
     3. Wells  drilled in  the course  of investigations  of  the               
underground, upon  their completion,  must be  transferred to the               
Geological Survey of Lithuania, if it requests so. The user shall               
be compensated  for the equipment left in the well, if removal of               
the equipment from the well is provided for in the work plan.                   
     4. Wells,  drilled in  course of  the investigation  of  the               
underground, after  they are  finished, can be transmitted to the               
legal and  natural persons, in agreement with the Ministry of the               
Environmental Protection  and the Geological Survey of Lithuania,               
compensating the  user for  the equipment  left in  the well,  in               
cases where  removal of  this equipment from the well is provided               
for in the work plans.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 10. The Revocation of the Licence for the                          
               Investigation of the Underground                                 
     1. The licence to carry out investigation of the underground               
can be  revoked by  the Geological Survey of Lithuania at its own               
discretion  or   at  the   request  of  other  State  institution               
controlling the  work which  is carried out by the person holding               
the licence, in the event that the work has been carried out:                   
     not in compliance with the registered work plan;                           
     in violation  to  the  requirements  for  the  environmental               
protection;                                                                     
     in violation  to other  requirements established by this Law               
or other standard acts for the works of this type.                              
     2. In the case of revocation of the licence to carry out the               
investigations of  the underground,  it must  be returned  to the               
State institution which has issued it.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 11. State Geological Surveys                                       
     1. According to the programmes approved by the Government of               
the Republic of Lithuania, the State, from its funds, shall carry               
out geological  mapping, State  monitoring  of  the  underground,               
forecast of  underground resources  and other geological surveys,               
providing the data on the underground and necessary for the State               
administration, environmental  protection, economic  activity and               
other  needs   of  society,  or  required  by  the  international               
obligations of the Republic of Lithuania.                                       
     2. The scientific geological researches shall be carried out               
in the  procedure established  by this  Law, Law  on Science  and               
Studies  of   the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and  decrees  of  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter IV                                           
                   EXPLOITATION OF UNDERGROUND                                  
                       RESOURCES OR CAVES                                       
                                                                                
     Article 12. The Procedure for Exploitation of                              
               Underground Resources and Caves                                  
     1. Underground  resources or  caves can be exploited only in               
the procedure  established by  laws of  the Republic of Lithuania               
and the subordinate legislation.                                                
     2. It  shall be  prohibited to  utilise natural  underground               
caves for storing and burial of radioactive and toxic materials.                
                                                                                
     Article 13. The Right to Exploit Underground Resources                     
               or Caves                                                         
     1. The  underground resources  and caves  of the Republic of               
Lithuania can  be exploited  by the  legal and natural persons of               
the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and  foreign  countries,  who  have               
acquired a  licence issued  by the  Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania or  a State  institution authorised by it, and who have               
concluded  an  exploitation  contract  with  it,  in  the  manner               
prescribed  by   laws  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
     2. A  licence to  exploit the underground resources or caves               
shall grant  to the  person who  holds it, the exclusive right to               
exploit the  types of  underground resources  or caves, which are               
indicated in  the licence,  in the  specified area,  during a set               
period of  time, in conformity with the terms of the exploitation               
contract.                                                                       
     3.  Investigation   (prospecting  and   appraisal)  of   the               
underground resources or caves may be provided for in the licence               
to exploit  underground resources  or caves,  specifying the area               
and period  of these investigations, and establishing their terms               
in the  exploitation contract.  In this  case, the  licence shall               
confer  the  right  to  exploit  also  the  newly  discovered  or               
additionally  investigated   resources,  under   the   conditions               
established in this Chapter.                                                    
     The investigations (prospecting and appraisal), according to               
the licence to exploit the underground resources and caves, shall               
be carried  out by  the legal  and natural  persons who  have the               
licence to  carry out  the economic  activity of this kind in the               
procedure established in Chapter 3 of this Law.                                 
     4. Licences  to exploit  the underground resources and caves               
specified in  Paragraph 1  of Article  14 shall  be issued  on  a               
competitive bidding.                                                            
     5.  Investigations   and  exploitation  of  the  underground               
resources of  other types can be carried out in the same area and               
at the  same time  on the  basis of  a separate licence, provided               
that it does not impede the activities of other persons, who have               
earlier acquired the licence.                                                   
     6. The  owner or  user of the landlot, which is possessed by               
the right  of ownership,  allotted for  utilisation,  or  rented,               
shall have  a right  to utilise the underground resources for his               
economic purposes  (not for  sale)  without  a  licence,  in  the               
procedure established  by the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on               
Land, other laws and decrees of the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 14. Granting Licences to Exploit Underground                       
               Resources and Cavities                                           
     1. The  Government of  the Republic of Lithuania shall grant               
licences for:                                                                   
     exploitation of  deposits of  hydrocarbons,  metals,  useful               
minerals, monomineral quartz sand;                                              
     exploitation of  natural underground  caves  for  burial  of               
industrial waste (except radioactive and toxic materials);                      
     arrangement and  use of  artificial  underground  caves  for               
storage of radioactive and toxic materials; and                                 
     use of  natural cavities  for storage  of oil,  gas or other               
materials.                                                                      
     2. The  governor of  the county, upon co-ordinating with the               
Ministry of  Environmental Protection,  shall grant  licences  to               
exploit  fresh  drinking  and  technical  water  and  underground               
thermal energy, in the procedure established by the Government of               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
     The licence  to exploit  fresh  drinking  ground  water  for               
centralised  supply   for  cities  can  be  issued  only  to  the               
municipalities of these cities.                                                 
     3. The  Geological Survey  of Lithuania,  upon co-ordinating               
with  the  Ministry  of  the  Environmental  Protection  and  the               
administration  of  the  governor  of  the  county,  shall  grant               
licences to  exploit the  underground  resources  and  caves  not               
listed in  Paragraphs 1  and 2  of this Article, in the procedure               
determined by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                      
     4. The  Government of  the Republic of Lithuania shall grant               
licences to  exploit underground  resources and  caves  if  their               
utilisation can influence the state of the underground in another               
country.                                                                        
     5. All  the licences  to exploit  underground resources  and               
caves must be registered in the Geological Survey of Lithuania.                 
     6.  The  State  institution  granting  licences  to  exploit               
underground resources  and caves  shall inform  the municipality,               
the Land  survey of  the administration  of the  governor of  the               
county and  the public  about  licences  to  exploit  underground               
resources and  caves, before starting the activities provided for               
in the licence.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 15. The Plan for Exploitation                                      
     1. Exploitation of the underground resources and caves shall               
be possible only on the basis of a plan for exploitation which is               
co-ordinated with  the governor of the county and approved by the               
Ministry of the Environmental Protection.                                       
     2. The  following must  be provided  for  in  the  plan  for               
exploitation:                                                                   
     measures for  recultivation of  land, as  well as  necessary               
measures for restoration of other elements of the environment;                  
     measures for  the protection  of underground resources, left               
in the deposit, from the exhaustion and decrease in quality, when               
the exploitation  of the  deposit is  temporarily  or  completely               
terminated.                                                                     
     In course  of the  first five  years of  exploitation of the               
underground resources  or caves,  the user  must  accumulate  the               
funds necessary  for the  fulfilment  of  measures  specified  in               
Paragraph 2  of this  Article and  guarantee the use of the funds               
for those purposes.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 16. The Conditions for Exploitation of the                         
               Underground Resources                                            
     1. The  underground resources  can be  exploited only  after               
appraisal whereof  and upon  having evaluated  the  influence  of               
their extraction on the environment.                                            
     The  Geological   Survey  of  Lithuania  shall  approve  the               
appraised resources according to the procedure established by it.               
     2. The underground resources must be exploited in complex or               
protecting not  utilised resources,  being in the same deposit or               
in the zone of its influence.                                                   
     3. The  underground resources  must be  exploited rationally               
and only for the purposes, indicated in the licence.                            
     4. The limits for the amount of the underground resources to               
be extracted,  sold or  exported, which can be established by the               
Government  of   the  Republic   of  Lithuania   or  other  State               
institution, shall be indicated in the exploitation contract.                   
     5. In  course of  the exploitation  of the  deposit,  it  is               
obligatory to  monitor the  state of  the resources,  to  predict               
changes in  its quantity  and quality  and the  influence of  the               
exploitation on  the environment,  and carry out an accounting of               
the deposits which are extracted and remaining in the deposit.                  
     In course  of the utilisation of the underground caves it is               
obligatory to  monitor their  state and  the influence  of  their               
utilisation on the environment.                                                 
     The Ministry  of Environment  Protection and  the Geological               
Survey of  Lithuania shall  be provided  with the  data of  these               
observations, in the manner prescribed by these institutions. The               
methods and the amount of the monitoring and prediction, accuracy               
and frequency  of the accounting must be provided for in the plan               
of exploitation and financed by the licensee.                                   
     6. Upon  discovering geological,  archaeological  and  other               
objects with  a scientific  or cultural  value, the licensee must               
inform the  appropriate State institutions and cease works in the               
corresponding area, if its continuation can damage these objects.               
                                                                                
     Article 17. Allotting of a Piece of Land                                   
     A  piece   of  land,   necessary  for  exploitation  of  the               
underground resources  or caves,  shall be  taken,  allotted  for               
utilisation or  loaned according  to the procedure established by               
the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Land, other laws, and the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 18. Expiration of the Validity of the Licence                      
               to Exploit the Underground Resources and                         
               Caves                                                            
     The  licence   to  exploit  the  underground  resources  and               
cavities shall expire when:                                                     
     1) the period of the validity of the licence expires; and                  
     2) the object of the exploitation is exhausted.                            
                                                                                
     Article 19. The Revocation of the Licence to Exploit                       
               the Underground Resources and Caves                              
     1. The licence to exploit the underground resources shall be               
revoked when  the parties,  concluding the exploitation contract,               
do not agree on the terms of the contract.                                      
     2. The  licence to  exploit the underground resources can be               
revoked when the licensee:                                                      
     violates the  requirements of  the exploitation  contract or               
the exploitation  plan or the terms of fulfilment of the work and               
does not  eliminate the  violations within  the time specified in               
the exploitation contract;                                                      
     violates the  requirements for  environmental protection  or               
works safety; and                                                               
     violates  the  requirements  of  laws  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania or other standard acts.                                               
     In the  specified cases,  the State  institution, which  has               
granted the licence, shall revoke it in the procedure established               
by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                 
     3. The  Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania may revoke               
the licence to exploit the underground resources and caves due to               
the  State   interests.  In  this  case  the  licensee  shall  be               
compensated for  the losses,  which are  evaluated by  the  State               
institution, authorised  by the  Government of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, in  the procedure established by the Government of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter V                                           
                THE PROTECTION OF THE UNDERGROUND                               
                                                                                
     Article 20. Measures of the Protection of the                              
               Underground                                                      
     In order to protect the underground, the economic activities               
shall be  regulated in  the manner  prescribed by  the Law on the               
Environmental Protection, by the following main measures:                       
     territorial planning is carried out;                                       
     the  influence   of  the   economic   activities   and   the               
consequences of the force majeure on the state of the underground               
are predicted;                                                                  
     systematic exploration  and monitoring  of the  state of the               
underground is carried out;                                                     
     protected territories are established.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 21. Territorial Planning                                           
     1. Territorial  planning must  be carried  out, taking  into               
consideration the  structure and  resources of  the  underground,               
foreseeing the  influence of the economic activities on the state               
of the underground, its resources and valuable features.                        
     2. General  plans of  the State  and counties,  before their               
approval, must be co-ordinated with the Ministry of Environmental               
Protection and  the Geological  Survey of  Lithuania,  which  may               
arrange the  departmental expert  examination of  these plans, or               
propose to  arrange the  State ecological  expert examination and               
provide for  the expert  examination of  the designs  of  certain               
objects in course of implementation of these plans.                             
     3.  The   underground  resources,   which  are   not   under               
exploitation must  be protected against activities damaging their               
quality, conditions  of exploitation,  building the  territory or               
another actions,  which can  burden  their  exploitation  in  the               
future.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 22. The Monitoring of the State of the                             
               Underground                                                      
     1. The  state of  the underground  shall  be  systematically               
monitored on  all the  territory of the Republic of Lithuania, in               
the zones  of intensive  geological processes  and  the  hazards,               
caused by  them, areas  of human  impact and  in surroundings  of               
certain objects of economic activity.                                           
     2. The  State monitoring of the underground of the territory               
of the  Republic of Lithuania, as a part of the general system of               
ecological monitoring,  shall  be  organised  by  the  Geological               
Survey of  Lithuania, in  the manner  prescribed by  the  Law  on               
Environmental Protection.                                                       
     3. It  shall  be  prohibited  to  damage  and  break  wells,               
geological and  geodetic signs  and other  installations used for               
monitoring of the state of the underground or to complicate their               
utilisation for  investigations and,  also, to  damage benchmarks               
and mining  signs indicating  the deposits and the zones of their               
protection.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 23. The Protection and Use of the Underground                      
               in the Protected Areas                                           
     Protection of  the underground  and their  valuable features               
shall be  ensured in  the protected areas on the basis of the Law               
on Environmental  Protection, Law  on Forestry,  Law on Protected               
Areas, Law on Land, and other standard acts.                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter VI                                           
                   DATA ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND                                   
                                                                                
     Article 24. Required Providing of Data on the                              
               Underground                                                      
     1.  Ministries,   departments,  other   State  institutions,               
municipalities, scientific  and educational  institutions,  other               
legal and  natural persons  must provide the Geological Survey of               
Lithuania with  data on  the underground,  acquired in  course of               
direct  and   remote  investigations   of  the   underground   or               
utilisation  of   the  underground  resources,  irrespective  who               
financed  these   works,  as   well  as   the  data  on  indirect               
investigations, provided that they have been carried out with the               
State funds.  The Geological  Survey of Lithuania shall establish               
the procedure  and the  form of  presentation of  these data. The               
data shall be furnished free of charge.                                         
     2. Upon reorganisation or abolishment of enterprises engaged               
in the  investigation of  the underground  or the exploitation of               
underground resources,  as well  as change  in their  owners, the               
further  utilisation  or  annihilation  of  the  data  about  the               
underground, which  belong to them, must be co-ordinated with the               
Geological Survey of Lithuania.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 25. State Geological Information System                            
     1. State-owned  data on  the underground  shall be  a  State               
property. They  shall form a unified State geological information               
system, the  certain parts  whereof may also be constituent parts               
of other State information systems.                                             
     2. The  State geological  information system  as  the  State               
property  shall   be  created,   protected  and  managed  by  the               
Geological Survey of Lithuania.                                                 
     3. The  deposits, prospective  areas,  and  their  resources               
shall  be   registered  in  the  State  Cadastre  of  Underground               
Resources  according   to  the   procedure  established   by  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania. The Geological Survey of               
Lithuania shall be the manager of this Cadastre.                                
                                                                                
     Article 26. The Utilisation of the Data about the                          
               Underground                                                      
     1. The  data about  the underground  shall be freely used by               
the legal and natural persons who financed the acquisition of the               
data, except  for the  restrictions established  by laws  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania and in this Chapter.                                      
     2. The  Geological Survey  of Lithuania  shall use  the data               
acquired with  the State  funds as  the State property, reserving               
the right  of authorship  of the  persons who have acquired these               
data, for works which are regarded as the matter of the copyright               
according to the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania.                       
     3. The  data acquired  with the  funds of  legal and natural               
persons (not  the State), can be used by the Geological Survey of               
Lithuania,  without  the  permission  of  the  persons  who  have               
acquired these  data, only  for official needs (fulfilment of its               
functions of  the public  regulation),  cannot  publish  them  or               
transfer to  other persons,  except to State institutions, if the               
latter request so.                                                              
     These restrictions of utilisation of the data shall be valid               
for five  years  from  their  acquisition,  or  two  years  after               
expiration of  the licence  to carry  out the  work, taking  into               
consideration which term is previous.                                           
     After expiration of this term, the data shall be used in the               
manner specified in Paragraph 2 of this Article.                                
     4.  If   the  licence   to  carry  out  exploration  of  the               
underground or exploitation of the underground resources or caves               
is revoked  in the  cases provided for in Articles 10 and 19, the               
data shall  immediately become  the State  property and  shall be               
used as provided by Paragraph 2 of this Article.                                
     5. The  data of the State geological information system must               
be available  to legal  and natural  persons of  the Republic  of               
Lithuania, except  for the  restrictions specified in Paragraph 3               
of  this   Article.  The   utilisation  of  the  data  about  the               
underground resources  may be  restricted because  of  the  State               
interests.  The  procedure  for  the  utilisation  of  the  State               
geological  information   system  shall  be  established  by  the               
Geological Survey of Lithuania.                                                 
     6. Legal  and natural  persons cannot sell the data acquired               
from the State geological information system.                                   
     7. The  Government of the Republic of Lithuania may restrict               
publication, distribution,  and  transfer  to  third  persons  or               
abroad of  the data about the underground resources, irrespective               
with whose  funds and  when they  have been  acquired, if  it  is               
necessary for State interests.                                                  
     8.  Geological   collections,  the  exhibits  of  geological               
museums, drill cores or samples from drill cores can be taken out               
of the  Republic  of  Lithuania  only  with  the  permit  of  the               
Geological Survey of Lithuania, issued according to the procedure               
established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter VII                                          
                RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE VIOLATION                                
                     OF THE UNDERGROUND LAW                                     
                 AND THE SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 27. Responsibility for the Violation of the                        
               Underground Law                                                  
     Legal and  natural persons  of the Republic of Lithuania who               
have violated  the Underground  Law of  the Republic of Lithuania               
shall incur  disciplinary, administrative, material, and criminal               
liability, pursuant to laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                       
                                                                                
     Article 28. Claims for the Damage Caused by Illegal                        
               Activities                                                       
     1. Damage  to the  State, municipalities,  legal and natural               
persons caused  by illegal activities in course of utilisation of               
the underground,  resulting in the diminishing of the underground               
resources, complicating  the conditions  of  their  exploitation,               
changing their  valuable features,  or changing other elements of               
the environment, must be compensated.                                           
     2. The  following shall  have a  right to  file a  claim for               
compensation for  the damage  caused by illegal activities in the               
course of the utilisation of the underground:                                   
     legal and natural persons, whose property or other interests               
are damaged;                                                                    
     municipalities, when damage has been done on the territories               
governed by them or their population;                                           
     the Ministry  of Environmental  Protection, when  damage has               
been caused  to the environment, the underground resources, or in               
other cases within its jurisdiction;                                            
     the Geological  Survey of  Lithuania, when  damage has  been               
caused due  to the  violation of the procedure for exploration of               
the underground, as well as the procedure for furnishing or using               
of the  data about  underground, and  in other  cases, within its               
jurisdiction;                                                                   
     other State institutions of the Republic of Lithuania within               
their jurisdiction;                                                             
     the Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania,  when  other               
States have  suffered the damage caused by the illegal activities               
in course  of the  utilisation of the underground in the Republic               
of Lithuania and because of that claims by these States are being               
filed.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 29. Settlement of Disputes                                         
     Disputes  concerning   the  exploration,   utilisation   and               
protection of  the underground  shall be  settled by  courts in a               
lawsuit.                                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                          Chapter VIII                                          
                     INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 30. Influence on the Environment of other                          
               States                                                           
                                                                                
     The  utilisation  of  the  underground  and  other  economic               
activities carried out in the Republic of Lithuania cannot have a               
negative influence  on the  state  of  the  environment  and  the               
underground of other States, and, therefor, cause damage to their               
population.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 31. International Co-operation                                     
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall take care               
that the  utilisation  of  the  underground  and  other  economic               
activities carried  out in  neighbouring States  would not have a               
negative influence  on  the  state  of  the  environment  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania, valuable features and the resources of the               
underground, and  would not cause damage to the population. It is               
the aim of international agreements on the regulation of economic               
activities  and   utilisation  of   the  underground   in  border               
territories, exchange of data about the state of the underground,               
promotion of  co-operation in the exploration of the underground,               
and by other means.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 32. International Agreements                                       
     If international  agreements of  the Republic  of  Lithuania               
provide for  the regulations  other than  those specified in this               
Law, the  regulations of the international agreement shall apply,               
provided that  they do  not contradict  the Constitution  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter IX                                           
                        FINAL PROVISIONS                                        
                                                                                
     Article 33                                                                 
     The Underground  Code of  the Republic  of Lithuania  (Čin.,               
1976, Nr.17-133, Nr.24-218; 1980, Nr.3-30; 1983, Nr.21-223; 1984,               
Nr.34-391; 1987, Nr.36-429) shall be declared invalid.                          
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law  passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
5 July 1995                                                                     
No.I-1034