TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 88. CONTROL OF OIL PROPERTY

SUBCHAPTER E. ENFORCEMENT; PENALTIES



§ 88.131. VENUE.
     The courts of the county in which the oil property or any part of the oil property is located and with respect to which a violation of the provisions of this chapter is charged, the courts of Travis County, or the courts of the county of the residence of any defendant, have jurisdiction of all prosecutions for violations of the provisions of this chapter.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2550, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5251, ch. 967, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.

§ 88.132. SERVICE OF PROCESS.
     (a) In a suit or action involving the enforcement of the conservation laws of this state or the orders of the commission affecting the conservation of the natural resources of this state, a Texas Ranger or an agent of the commission may serve civil or judicial process, citation, notice, warrant, subpoena, or writ, including process of every character in contempt proceedings, the same and as fully as a sheriff or constable of a county to whom the process, writ, notice, citation, subpoena, or warrant might be directed could within the limits of his own county.
     (b) A ranger or an agent of the commission may serve the process anywhere in the State of Texas although it may be directed to "any sheriff or constable" of a particular county. He shall make the same return as any other officer, sign his name, and add under his name the title of "State Ranger" or "Agent, Railroad Commission of Texas," as the case may be, which is sufficient to make it valid if the writ otherwise is properly prepared.
     (c) No fees are allowed the rangers or agents of the commission other than their regular salary or compensation.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2550, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 88.133. RESPONSIBILITY FOR COMPLIANCE AND LIABILITY TO PROSECUTION.
     The president of each corporation, the chief
      managing executive of each association, all active members of each firm and partnership, and all trustees of each trust subject to the provisions of this chapter shall be responsible for the compliance with the terms of this chapter by the corporation, association, firm, partnership, or trust of which he is, respectively, president, chief managing executive, member, or trustee, and he shall be liable to prosecution under and subject to the criminal penalties provided in this chapter for violations of this chapter by the respective corporation, association, firm, partnership, or trust of which he has actual knowledge or to which he assents.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2551, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 88.134. PENALTIES.
     (a) A person who violates any of the provisions of Sections 88.091 through 88.093 of this code, or any person who fails to comply with any of the provisions of those sections, is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500, or by confinement in the county jail for not more than six months, or by both.
     (b) A person who violates any other provision of this chapter other than those covered by Subsection (a) of this section, a person who fails to comply with any of the other terms of this chapter, a person who fails to comply with the terms of a rule or order adopted by the governmental agency under the terms of this chapter, or a person who violates any of the rules or orders of the governmental agency adopted under the provisions of this chapter on conviction is considered guilty of a felony and on conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term of not less than two nor more than four years.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2551, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 88.135. CIVIL PENALTIES AND INJUNCTIONS.
     In addition to the powers specifically granted to the commission under this chapter, the commission may enforce this chapter or any rule, order, or permit of the commission adopted under this chapter in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as provided by Chapters 81 and 85 of this code, including recovering civil penalties and seeking injunctive relief as provided by those chapters.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5260, ch. 967, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1983.