Site of Facebook disaster, where a communications cable crossed the seabed.

Site of Facebook disaster, where a communications cable crossing the seabed came onshore.Photo by Ron Bourke.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is accepting public comment on rulemaking that would establish distinct administrative rules for communication site facility leases. The proposed rulemaking would create a new set of rules, OAR 141-126, to address the unique nature of communication site leases and sub-leases, while removing management of communication sites from OAR 141-125. Learn more.

DSL is responsible for the seabed of Oregon’s Territorial Sea, and thus for allowing communications cables to cross to the Oregon shore.

A remote public meeting on the issue will be held on Thursday, July 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a 30-minute information session on the proposed rule changes, followed by an hour-long public hearing, during which participants may provide testimony. Meeting links and call-in information are on the DSL website.

Commenting guidelines:

  • Each person will have approximately two minutes to comment – please plan your remarks accordingly. Respecting the time limit will allow us to hear from as many people as possible.
  • Please consider submitting extensive comments in writing.
  • Though we will do our best to ensure everyone has an opportunity to speak, there may not be time to hear from everyone.

    It is also possible to comment in writing, through July 31 at 11:59 p.m. Comments may also be submitted by online form, e-mailed to or mailed to DSL at 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301.