TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 101. COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT

SUBCHAPTER C. PUBLIC LAND



§ 101.051. AUTHORITY OF COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL LAND OFFICE.
     Subject to the approval specified in Section 101.052 of
      this code, the Commissioner of the General Land Office, on behalf of the State of Texas or of any fund belonging to the state, may execute contracts committing to the agreements declared lawful by the provisions of this chapter (1) the royalty interests in oil or gas or both reserved to the state, or any fund of the state, by law, in any patent, in any contract of sale, or under the terms of any oil and gas lease lawfully issued by an official, board, agent, agency, or authority of the state or (2) the free royalty interests, whether leased or unleased, reserved to the state pursuant to Section 51.201 or 51.054 of this code.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2569, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 948, § 33, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

§ 101.052. NECESSARY APPROVAL BY OTHER PERSONS AND STATE AGENCIES.
     (a) An agreement that commits (1) the royalty interests
      in land set apart by the constitution and laws of this state for the permanent free school fund and the several asylum funds, in river beds, inland lakes, and channels, and the area within tidewater limits, including islands, lakes, bays, inlets, marshes, reefs, and the bed of the sea, or (2) the free royalty interests, whether leased or unleased, reserved to the state pursuant to Section 51.201 or 51.054 of this code, must be approved by the School Land Board.
     (b) An agreement that covers land leased for oil and gas under the Relinquishment Act, codified as Subchapter F in Chapter 52 of this code, must be executed by the owners of the soil.
     (c) An agreement that commits the royalty interests in land or areas other than those covered by Subsections (a) and (b) of this section must be approved by the board, official, agent, agency, or authority of the state vested with authority to lease or to approve the leasing of the land or areas for oil and gas.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2569, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 948, § 34, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.