TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

SUBTITLE B. SURVEYS AND SURVEYORS

CHAPTER 40. OIL SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE ACT OF 1991

SUBCHAPTER G. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS



§ 40.301. INTERSTATE COMPACTS.
     The commissioner may enter into compacts or agreements with other states consistent with and to further the purposes of this chapter. The commissioner may also participate in initiatives to develop multistate and international standards and cooperation on unauthorized discharge prevention and response.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 10, § 1, eff. March 28, 1991.

§ 40.302. INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
     The commissioner by interagency contract shall enter into agreements with state institutions of higher education for research, testing, and development of oil discharge prevention and response technology, oil discharge response training, wildlife and natural resources rescue and rehabilitation, development of computer models to predict the movements and impacts of unauthorized discharges of oil, and other purposes consistent with and in furtherance of the purposes of this chapter. Contracts or agreements relating to wildlife and aquatic resources shall be made in coordination with the Parks and Wildlife Department. To the greatest extent possible, contracts shall be coordinated with studies being done by other state agencies, the federal government, or private industry to minimize duplication of efforts.

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 10, § 1, eff. March 28, 1991.

§ 40.304. SMALL SPILL EDUCATION PROGRAM.
     The commissioner shall develop and conduct a voluntary spill prevention education program that targets small spills from commercial fishing vessels, offshore support vessels, ferries, cruise ships, ports, marinas, and recreational boats. The small spill education program shall illustrate ways to reduce oil contamination of bilge water, accidental spills of motor oil and hydraulic fluid during routine maintenance, and spills during refueling. The program shall illustrate proper disposal of oil and promote strategies to meet shoreside oil handling and disposal needs of targeted groups. The program shall include a series of training materials and workshops and the development of educational materials.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 776, § 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.