TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 91. PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE

SUBCHAPTER M. ELECTRIC LOGS



§ 91.551. DEFINITIONS.
     (a) In this subchapter:
          (1) "Well" means a well drilled for any purpose related to exploration for or production or storage of oil or gas or both oil and gas, including a well drilled for injection of fluids to enhance hydrocarbon recovery, disposal of produced fluids, disposal of waste from exploration or production activity, or brine mining.
          (2) "Electric log" means a wireline survey, except dipmeter surveys and seismic wireline surveys, run in an open hole or a cased hole of a well for purposes of obtaining geological information.
          (3) "Drilling operation" means a continuous effort to drill or deepen a well bore for which the commission has issued a permit.
          (4) "Operator" means a person who assumes responsibility for the regulatory compliance of a well as shown by a form the person files with the commission and the commission approves.
     (b) In this subchapter, "operator" includes a predecessor or successor operator.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 978, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1001, § 1, 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

§ 91.552. ELECTRIC LOGS REQUIRED TO BE FILED; CRITERIA.
     (a) Except as otherwise provided by this subchapter, not
      later than the 90th day after the date a drilling operation is completed, the operator shall file with the commission a copy of a basic electric log run after September 1, 1985, in conjunction with the drilling or deepening of the well that meets basic criteria established by the commission.
     (b) The commission by rule shall establish criteria for basic electric logs to be filed with the commission.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 978, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1001, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

§ 91.553. AVAILABILITY OF ELECTRIC LOGS.
     (a) Except as specifically provided by this section, each electric log filed with the commission under this subchapter is not confidential and is public information under Chapter 552, Government Code.
     (b) Not later than the date by which an electric log is required to be filed with the commission under Section 91.552, the operator may file a written request with the commission asking that the electric log remain confidential and not be made available as public information. On filing this request, the electric log or copy of the electric log required to be filed with the commission may be retained by the operator, and the electric log may remain in the possession of the operator for the period of confidentiality and any extensions of that period. On filing of the request for confidentiality, the electric log becomes confidential and remains confidential for a period of one year after the date that the drilling operation was completed.
     (c) If an electric log is made confidential under Subsection (b), the operator is entitled to have the period of confidentiality extended once for an additional period of two years. The commission shall grant the two-year extension on written request of the operator. The written request must be made to the commission before the one-year period of confidentiality under Subsection (b) expires.
     (d) If an electric log is made confidential under Subsection (b) and the log was run in a well drilled on land submerged in state water, the operator is entitled to have the period of confidentiality extended for not more than two additional periods of two years each. The commission shall grant the extension or extensions on written request of the operator. The written request must be made to the commission before the expiration of the one-year period of confidentiality under Subsection (b) or the expiration of the first extension granted under this subsection.
     (e) An operator required to file an electric log under this section who has held the log during a period of confidentiality or any extensions of that period shall file the log with the commission within 30 days after the conclusion of the period of confidentiality or the period of the last extension.
     (f) An operator who fails to timely file with the commission a written request under Subsection (b) that an electric log remain confidential and not be made available as public information or a written request under Subsection (c) or (d) for an extension of the period of confidentiality shall file the log with the commission immediately after the conclusion of the period for filing the request.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 978, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, § 5.95(90), eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1001, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

§ 91.554. AVAILABILITY OF CONFIDENTIAL ELECTRIC LOGS.
     If the commission requires an electric log to be filed before the expiration of a period of confidentiality, the commission shall make that electric log available for inspection during the period of confidentiality only to:
          (1) a person authorized in writing by the operator; and
          (2) members of the commission and its employees in the exercise of their powers and duties under this code.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 978, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1001, § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

§ 91.555. MANAGEMENT AND STORAGE OF ELECTRIC LOGS.
     The commission may contract with any person for the management and storage of the electric logs filed with the commission.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 978, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

§ 91.556. DENIAL OF ALLOWABLE.
     If an operator fails to file an electric log as required by this subchapter, the commission may refuse to assign an allowable or a change in allowable for production from the well for which the electric log is required until the operator files the electric log with the commission.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 978, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1001, § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.