TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 85. CONSERVATION OF OIL AND GAS

SUBCHAPTER I. DAMAGES



§ 85.321. SUIT FOR DAMAGES.
     A party who owns an interest in property or production that may be damaged by another party violating the provisions of this chapter that were formerly a part of Chapter 26, Acts of the 42nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 1931, as amended, or another law of this state prohibiting waste or a valid rule or order of the commission may sue for and recover damages and have any other relief to which he may be entitled at law or in equity. Provided, however, that in any action brought under this section or otherwise, alleging waste to have been caused by an act or omission of a lease owner or operator, it shall be a defense that the lease owner or operator was acting as a reasonably prudent operator would act under the same or similar facts and circumstances.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2527, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1071, § 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1987.

§ 85.322. PROCEEDINGS NOT TO IMPAIR SUIT FOR DAMAGES.
     None of the provisions of this chapter that were formerly
      a part of Chapter 26, Acts of the 42nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 1931, as amended, no suit by or against the commission, and no penalties imposed on or claimed against any party violating a law, rule, or order of the commission shall impair or abridge or delay a cause of action for damages or other relief that an owner of land or a producer of oil or gas, or any other party at interest, may have or assert against any party violating any rule or order of the commission or any judgment under this chapter.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2527, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.