TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 86. REGULATION OF NATURAL GAS

SUBCHAPTER C. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION



§ 86.041. IN GENERAL.
     The commission has broad discretion in administering the provisions of this chapter and may adopt any rule or order in the manner provided by law that it finds necessary to effectuate the provisions and purposes of this chapter.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2533, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 86.042. RULES AND ORDERS.
     The commission shall adopt and enforce rules and orders to:
          (1) conserve and prevent the waste of gas;
          (2) prevent the waste of gas in drilling and producing operations and in the piping and distribution of gas;
          (3) require dry or abandoned wells to be plugged in a way that confines gas and water in the strata in which they are found and prevents them from escaping into other strata;
          (4) provide for drilling wells and preserving a record of them;
          (5) require wells to be drilled and operated in a manner that prevents injury to adjoining property;
          (6) prevent gas and water from escaping from the strata in which they are found into other strata;
          (7) require records to be kept and reports made;
          (8) provide for the issuance of permits and other evidences of permission when the issuance of the permit or permission is necessary or incident to the enforcement of its blanket grant of authority to make any rules necessary to effectuate the law; and
          (9) otherwise accomplish the purposes of this chapter.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2533, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 86.043. DETERMINING GAS-OIL RATIO.
     The commission may fix and determine the gas-oil ratio of all oil wells in the state but none of the provisions of this chapter may be construed to authorize the limitation of the production of marginal wells below the amount fixed by statute. If a restriction imposed by the commission on the production of oil from an oil well operates to increase the gas-oil ratio of the well so as to then classify it as a gas well under the provisions of this chapter, the well nevertheless shall be considered to be an oil well.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2534, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.