TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 141. GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES

SUBCHAPTER C. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER AND BOARD



§ 141.071. GENERAL AUTHORITY OF COMMISSIONER.
     To facilitate and encourage the rapid and orderly development of geothermal energy and associated resources, the commissioner may:
          (1) provide for the orderly exploration of land that belongs to the permanent school fund, excluding wildlife refuges and recreational areas except as provided in Section 141.077 of this code; and
          (2) issue permits and charge reasonable fees for the permits in accordance with rules promulgated under this chapter by the board.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2642, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 141.072. DEPOSIT OF FEES.
     The fees collected from issuance of the permits shall be deposited in General Land Office Fund 80 and used as the legislature may direct.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2642, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 141.073. LEASE OF PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND LAND.
     (a) On direction of the commissioner, the board may lease land that belongs to the permanent school fund, excluding wildlife refuges and recreational areas, for the production of geothermal energy and associated resources.
     (b) The board has full authority to set the terms and conditions of leases and may adopt rules relating to exploration, development, and production of geothermal energy and associated resources as the board determines to be in the best interest of the state.
     (c) The board may require the taking in kind of the state's interest in the geothermal energy and associated resources or its by-products provided from this land.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2642, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 141.074. FURNISHING LISTS OF LAND TO OTHER AGENCIES.
     Before advertising land for lease, the commissioner
      shall furnish a list of the tracts considered by the board for lease to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, the commission, and any other state or federal agency that might have information that would be beneficial to the board in its determination of terms and conditions of the proposed lease.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2642, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, § 11.277, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

§ 141.075. NOTICE OF SALE.
     Land offered for lease to the public by the board shall be advertised in four daily newspapers in the state that have general circulation at least 30 days in advance of the sale date. The notice shall be published in three issues of each newspaper.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2642, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 141.076. BIDS.
     (a) Sales of leases shall be made by sealed bids.
     (b) The board is entitled to reject any and all bids, but if it accepts a bid, the bid must be determined by the board to be in the best interest of the State of Texas.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2642, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 141.077. LEASES AND PERMITS FOR GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES.
     (a) The board may grant permits and leases to state and
      federal institutions, organizations, or groups desiring to do exploratory or experimental research of geothermal energy and associated resource potentials.
     (b) These permits and leases may be granted on land that belongs to the permanent school fund, excluding wildlife refuges and recreational areas.
     (c) The permits and leases may be issued or granted for research or experimental purposes under rules and conditions the board determines to be in the best interest of the state.
     (d) In granting these leases, the commissioner and board do not have to follow the procedures in this subchapter for leasing to the public.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2643, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 141.078. UNIT AGREEMENTS.
     (a) The board may approve unit agreements of one or more leased tracts on application of the lessees.
     (b) Before approving any unit agreement, the board must find that the unit agreement if approved by the board will be in the best interest of the state.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2643, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 141.079. REPORT TO LEGISLATURE.
     During the first 30 days of each regular session of the legislature, the commissioner shall report on the status of the exploration, development, and production of geothermal energy and associated resources under the land governed by this subchapter.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2643, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.