Chapter 55 - Oil And Gas

Article 16 Miscellaneous Provisions

55-1639 Same; Violations, penalties; commission authority

(a) The commission, upon a finding that a person has violated any provision of K.S.A. 2009 Supp. 55-1637, and amendments thereto, or rules and regulations adopted thereunder, may impose a penalty not to exceed $10,000 per violation which shall constitute an economic deterrent to the violation for which it is assessed and, in the case of a continuing violation, every day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate violation.

(b) No penalty shall be imposed pursuant to this section except after an opportunity for hearing upon the written order of the commission to the person who committed the violation. The order shall state the violation and the penalty to be imposed.

(c) Whenever the commission or the commission's duly authorized agents find that the escape of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from injection of carbon dioxide is not being prevented or that the soil or waters of the state are not being protected from pollution resulting from injection of carbon dioxide, the commission or the commission's duly authorized agents shall issue an order prohibiting such injection. Any person aggrieved by such order may request in writing, within 15 days after service of the order, a hearing on the order. Upon receipt of a timely request, a hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure act.

(d) Any action of the commission pursuant to this section is subject to review in accordance with the act for judicial review and civil enforcement of agency actions.

History: L. 2007, ch. 73, 4; July 1.