TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 201. CAVERN PROTECTION

SUBCHAPTER C. PROHIBITIONS



§ 201.041. VANDALISM.
     (a) A person may not, without express, prior, written permission of the owner, wilfully or knowingly:
          (1) break, break off, crack, carve upon, write, burn, or otherwise mark upon, remove, or in any manner destroy, disturb, deface, mar, or harm the surfaces of any cave or any natural material in a cave, including speleothems;
          (2) disturb or alter in any manner the natural condition of any cave; or
          (3) break, force, tamper with, or otherwise disturb a lock, gate, door, or other obstruction designed to control or prevent access to any cave, even though entrance to the cave may not be gained.
     (b) A person who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, unless he has previously been convicted of violating this section, in which case he is guilty of a felony of the third degree.

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

§ 201.042. SALE OF SPELEOTHEMS.
     (a) A person may not sell or offer for sale any speleothems in this state, or export them for sale outside the state, without written permission from the owner of the cave from which the speleothems were removed.
     (b) A person who violates this section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

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