TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 111. COMMON CARRIERS, PUBLIC UTILITIES, AND COMMON

SUBCHAPTER C. PUBLIC UTILITIES



§ 111.051. APPLICABILITY OF STATUTE TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.
     A public utility is subject to the provisions of this
      subchapter and other provisions of this chapter relating to public utilities.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2582, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 111.052. DISCRIMINATION BY PUBLIC UTILITY.
     No public utility in its operations as a public utility may discriminate between or against its patrons in regard to facilities furnished or services rendered, or rates charged under the same or similar circumstances, in the storage of crude oil.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2582, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 111.053. BOND OF PUBLIC UTILITY.
     (a) Before engaging in business as a public utility, a person, association, or corporation that is to engage in business as a public utility shall file a bond in an amount not to exceed $25,000 that is properly executed and made payable to the State of Texas with the amount of the bond and the sureties on the bond subject to the approval of the commission.
     (b) In lieu of a bond as required by Subsection (a), a person, association, or corporation may deposit with the commission:
          (1) bonds of the United States;
          (2) certificates of indebtedness issued by the United States secretary of the treasury;
          (3) bonds of this state or a county, municipality, or school district of this state; or
          (4) shares or share accounts of savings and loan associations organized under the laws of this state or federal savings and loan associations domiciled in this state, if the shares or share accounts are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
     (c) The bond or securities in lieu of the bond as provided by Subsection (b) shall be approved by the commission before the bond is filed or the securities deposited.
     (d) After proper notice and hearing as provided by law, the amount of the bond may be changed from time to time by order of the commission, according to the volume of business done or to be done by the public utility.
     (e) The bond shall be conditioned that the public utility will observe the applicable provisions of this subchapter and chapter and the rules of the commission insofar as its business is regulated and controlled by the commission and that the public utility will exercise ordinary care in the storage, preservation, handling, and delivery of petroleum products entrusted to it and shall guarantee the classification, measurements, and grades made by it under its authority and in conformity herewith.
     (f) The bond shall be for the benefit of the patrons of the public utility and their assignees as though they were named obligees in the bond and they shall severally have the right of suit on the bond.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2582, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, § 8.107, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

§ 111.054. LIEN FOR STORAGE CHARGES.
     A public utility shall have a lien on the commodity in its possession to secure it in the payment of all proper storage charges against the commodity or the transportation charges accrued to or paid or advanced by it or both and the lien is superior to all other liens on the commodity except a lien for taxes.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2582, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.