TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 113. LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS

SUBCHAPTER F. LICENSE AND REGISTRATION FOR AN EXEMPTION: DENIAL



§ 113.161. VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER OR RULES;
     INFORMAL ACTIONS. (a) The commission shall notify a licensee or registrant in writing when it finds probable violation or noncompliance with this chapter or the safety rules promulgated under this chapter.
     (b) The notification shall specify the particular acts, omissions, or conduct comprising the alleged violation and shall designate a date by which the violation must be corrected or discontinued.
     (c) The licensee or registrant shall report timely compliance or shall request extension of time for compliance if deemed necessary.
     (d) If a licensee or registrant objects to the complaint or requirements under this section, or if the commission determines that the licensee or registrant is not proceeding adequately to compliance, then, on written request of the licensee or registrant or order of the commission, a public hearing shall be conducted as provided in Section 113.162 of this code.
     (e) If the commission determines that the probable violation or noncompliance constitutes an immediate danger to the public health, safety, and welfare, it shall require the immediate cessation of the probable violation or noncompliance and proceed with a hearing as provided in Section 113.162. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2031, ch. 799, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1980; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1233, § 47, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

§ 113.162. HEARINGS.
     Any hearing or proceeding under this chapter shall be subject to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2031, ch. 799, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1980.

§ 113.163. DENIAL, REFUSAL TO RENEW, OR REVOCATION OF LICENSE OR REGISTRATION FOR AN EXEMPTION IN EVENT OF
      VIOLATION. (a) Except as provided by Subsections (d) and (f), the commission may not approve an application for a license under this chapter or approve a registration for an exemption under Section 113.081(d) or (e) if:
          (1) the applicant or registrant for an exemption has violated a statute or commission rule, order, license, permit, or certificate that relates to safety; or
          (2) a person who holds a position of ownership or control in the applicant or registrant for an exemption has held a position of ownership or control in another person during the seven years preceding the date on which the application or registration for an exemption is filed and during that period of ownership or control the other person violated a statute or commission rule, order, license, permit, or certificate that relates to safety.
     (b) An applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person has committed a violation described by Subsection (a) if:
          (1) a final judgment or final administrative order finding the violation has been entered against the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person and all appeals have been exhausted; or
          (2) the commission and the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person have entered into an agreed order relating to the alleged violation.
     (c) Regardless of whether the person's name appears or is required to appear on an application or registration for an exemption, a person holds a position of ownership or control in an applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person if:
          (1) the person is:
               (A) an officer or director of the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person;
               (B) a general partner of the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person;
               (C) the owner of a sole proprietorship applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person;
               (D) the owner of at least 25 percent of the beneficial interest in the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person; or
               (E) a trustee of the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person; or
          (2) the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person has been determined by a final judgment or final administrative order to have exerted actual control over the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person.
     (d) The commission shall approve an application for a license under this chapter or for a registration for an exemption under Section 113.081(d) or (e) if:
          (1) the conditions that constituted the violation are corrected or are being corrected in accordance with a schedule to which the commission and the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person have agreed;
          (2) all administrative, civil, and criminal penalties are paid or are being paid in accordance with a payment schedule to which the commission and the applicant, registrant for an exemption, or other person have agreed; and
          (3) the application or registration for an exemption is in compliance with all other requirements of law and commission rules.
     (e) If an application or registration for an exemption is denied under this section, the commission shall provide the applicant or registrant for an exemption with a written statement explaining the reason for the denial.
     (f) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), the commission may issue a license to an applicant described by Subsection (a) or approve a registration for an exemption for a registrant for an exemption described by that subsection for a term specified by the commission if the license or registration for an exemption is necessary to remedy a violation of law or commission rules.
     (g) A fee tendered in connection with an application or registration for an exemption that is denied under this section is nonrefundable.
     (h) If the commission is prohibited by Subsection (a) from approving an application for a license or a registration for an exemption or would be prohibited from doing so by that subsection if the applicant, licensee, or registrant for an exemption submitted an application or registration for an exemption, the commission, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, by order may refuse to renew or may revoke a license or registration for an exemption issued to the applicant, licensee, or registrant for an exemption under this chapter. The commission may not revoke or refuse to renew a license or registration for an exemption under this subsection if the commission finds that the applicant, licensee, or registrant for an exemption has fulfilled the conditions set out in Subsection (d).
     (i) An order issued under Subsection (h) must provide the applicant, licensee, or registrant for an exemption a reasonable period to comply with the judgment or order finding the violation before the order takes effect.
     (j) On refusal to renew or revocation of a person's license or registration for an exemption under Subsection (h), the person may not perform any activities under the jurisdiction of the commission under this chapter, except as necessary to remedy a violation of law or commission rules and as authorized by the commission under a license or registration for an exemption issued under Subsection (f).
     (k) In determining whether to refuse to renew or to revoke a person's license or registration for an exemption under Subsection (h), the commission shall consider the person's history of previous violations, the seriousness of previous violations, any hazard to the health or safety of the public, and the demonstrated good faith of the person.
     (l) Refusal to renew or revocation of a person's license or registration for an exemption under Subsection (h) does not relieve the person of any existing or future duty under law, rules, or license or registration conditions. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2031, ch. 799, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1980; Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 1167, ch. 263, § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1983; Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 325, § 11, eff. June 11, 1987; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1233, § 48, eff. Sept. 1, 2001;

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 609, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

§ 113.164. APPEAL.
     Any party to a proceeding before the commission is entitled to judicial review under the substantial evidence rule. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2031, ch. 799, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1980.