TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 201. CAVERN PROTECTION

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS



§ 201.001. POLICY.
     It is declared to be the public policy and in the public interest of the State of Texas to protect and preserve all caves on or under any of the land in the State of Texas, including tidelands, submerged land, and the bed of the sea within the jurisdiction of the State of Texas.

Added by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2003, ch. 785, § 5, eff. June 13, 1979.

§ 201.002. DEFINITIONS.
     In this chapter:
          (1) "Cave" means any naturally occurring subterranean cavity, and includes or is synonymous with cavern, pit, pothole, well, sinkhole, and grotto.
          (2) "Gate" means any structure, lock, door, or device located to limit or prohibit access or entry to any cave.
          (3) "Speleothem" means a natural mineral formation or deposit occurring in a cave, and includes or is synonymous with stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, anthodites, gypsum flowers, needles, angel's hair, soda straws, draperies, bacon, cave pearls, popcorn (coral), rimstone dams, columns, plettes, flowstone, or other similar crystalline mineral formations commonly composed of calcite, epsomite, gypsum, aragonite, celestite, and other similar minerals and formations.
          (4) "Owner" means a person who owns title to land on which a cave is located, including a person who owns title to a leasehold estate in the land.

Added by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2003, ch. 785, § 5, eff. June 13, 1979.