TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 88. CONTROL OF OIL PROPERTY

SUBCHAPTER C. PRACTICES PROHIBITED IN THE PRODUCTION OF OIL AND GAS



§ 88.051. PRODUCTION PROHIBITED IN EXCESS OF ALLOWABLE AMOUNT.
     No person owning, leasing, operating, producing, or
      controlling an oil property or any oil well in this state may produce or cause to be produced on any day from any oil property or oil well any oil in excess of the amount allowed to be produced each day from the oil property or oil well under an order previously adopted by the governmental agency and in force at the time.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2548, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 88.052. PROHIBITED PASSAGE FROM CONTROL OF PRODUCER WITHOUT MEASUREMENT AND RECORD OF AMOUNT.
     No person owning,
      leasing, operating, or controlling an oil property in this state may permit the oil or gas produced to pass beyond the possession or control of that person to the possession or control of any other person without first accurately measuring the amount of the oil or gas and making and preserving an accurate record of the amount.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2548, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 88.053. PROHIBITED EVASION OR PREVENTION OF ACCURATE MEASUREMENT.
     No person owning, leasing, operating, or controlling
      an oil property in this state may use a method or device to evade or prevent obtaining the accurate measurement as provided in Section 88.052 of this code.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2548, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 88.0531. CRIMINAL PENALTY.
     (a) A person who knowingly violates Section 88.052 or 88.053 of this code commits an offense.
     (b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the actor has been convicted previously under this section, in which event the offense is a felony of the third degree.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5231, ch. 960, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.

§ 88.054. PASSAGE FROM CONTROL OF PRODUCER PROHIBITED IF TANK NOT UNDER HIS CONTROL.
     No person owning, leasing, operating,
      or controlling an oil property may permit oil produced by him in this state to pass from his possession or control to the possession or control of any other person except from a tank or tanks under the control of the person producing the oil.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2549, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 88.055. PRODUCTION PROHIBITED WITHOUT FLARE.
     If the gas from a well producing both oil and gas is not trapped and used and the gas is capable of being burned in a flare, no person owning, leasing, operating, or controlling an oil property in this state may produce oil from the well at any time without simultaneously and continuously burning a flare to consume all gas that otherwise would be permitted to escape into the open air. The Railroad Commission of Texas shall have the authority to grant exceptions to this section.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2549, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 565, § 1, eff. June 14, 1989.

§ 88.056. IDENTIFYING SIGNS.
     Each oil property in this state, each tank owned or controlled by such person to which the property is connected, and each flare to which the property is connected shall be posted at all times with a sign written in the English language with letters at least one inch in height, stating:
          (1) the name of the owner of the property;
          (2) the operator of the property;
          (3) the number of acres contained in the property; and
          (4) the name by which the property is commonly known and identified.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2549, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.