Title 52 - Oil & Gas Code

§52-47.6. Violations - Penalties.


          A. Any person who has been determined by the Commission to have violated any provisions of the Hazardous Liquid Transportation System Safety Act or any rule, regulation, or order issued pursuant to the provisions of the Hazardous Liquid Transportation System Safety Act shall be liable for an administrative penalty of not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for each day that said violation continues. The maximum administrative penalty shall not exceed Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) for any related series of violations.

          B. 1. The amount of the penalty shall be assessed by the Commission pursuant to the provisions of subsection A of this section, after notice and hearing. In determining the amount of the penalty, the Commission shall include but not be limited to consideration of the nature, circumstances, and gravity of the violation and, with respect to the person found to have committed the violation, the degree of culpability, the effect on ability of the person to continue to do business, and any show of good faith in attempting to achieve compliance with the provisions of the Hazardous Liquid Transportation System Safety Act.

                    2. All penalties collected pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall be deposited in the Pipeline Enforcement Fund.

          C. Any person who willfully and knowingly injures or destroys, or attempts to injure or destroy, any hazardous liquid transportation system, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be subject for each offense to a fine of not more than Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), imprisonment for a term not less than five (5) years and not to exceed fifteen (15) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Added by Laws 1984, c. 80, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 271, § 1, emerg. eff. May 25, 1992; Laws 1997, c. 133, § 489, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 5, § 354, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 61, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.

          NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 489 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.