TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 86. REGULATION OF NATURAL GAS

SUBCHAPTER F. USE OF GAS



§ 86.181. USE OF SWEET GAS PRODUCED FROM GAS WELL.
     No sweet gas produced from a gas well may be used for any purpose except:
          (1) light or fuel;
          (2) efficient chemical manufacture, other than the manufacture of carbon black, provided that sweet gas produced from wells located in a common reservoir producing both sweet and sour gas may be used for the manufacture of carbon black if it is used in a plant producing an average recovery of not less than five pounds of carbon black to each 1,000 cubic feet of gas;
          (3) bona fide introduction of gas into oil or gas bearing horizon in order to maintain or increase the rock pressure, or otherwise increase the ultimate recovery of oil or gas from the horizon; and
          (4) the extraction of natural gasoline when the residue is returned to the horizon from which it is produced.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2538, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 86.182. USE OF SOUR GAS.
     In addition to the purposes for which sweet gas produced from a gas well may be used, sour gas may be used for efficient chemical manufacturing purposes including the manufacture of carbon black provided:
          (1) it is utilized in a plant producing a recovery of not less than one pound of carbon black to each 1,000 cubic feet of gas; and
          (2) the gasoline content is removed and saved from the sour gas before the gas is used for carbon black.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2539, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 86.183. USE OF CASINGHEAD GAS.
     Casinghead gas may be used for any beneficial purpose, which includes the manufacture of natural gasoline.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2539, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 86.184. USE AS GAS LIFT.
     (a) A producer of either sweet or sour gas or casinghead gas may use the gas as gas lift in the bona fide production of oil if the gas is not used in excess of 10,000 cubic feet per barrel of oil produced.
     (b) To prevent waste in a case where the facts in the case warrant it, the commission may permit the use of additional quantities of gas to lift oil provided:
          (1) all the gas used in excess of 10,000 cubic feet for each barrel of oil is processed for natural gasoline; and
          (2) the residue is burned for carbon black when it is reproduced.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2539, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 86.185. PROHIBITION AGAINST GAS IN AIR.
     No gas from a gas well may be permitted to escape into the air after the expiration of 10 days from the time the gas is encountered in the gas well, or from the time of perforating the casing opposite a gas-bearing zone if casing is set through the zone, whichever is later, but the commission may permit the escape of gas into the air for an additional time if the operator of a well or other facility presents information to show the necessity for the escape; provided that the amount of gas which is flared under that authority is charged to the operator's allowable production. A necessity includes but is not limited to the following situations:
          (1) cleaning a well of sand or acid or both following stimulation treatment of a well; and
          (2) repairing or modifying a gas-gathering system.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2539, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2696, ch. 871, art. II, § 9, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.