Title 52 - Oil & Gas Code

§52-581.10. Enforcement powers of Corporation Commission - Promulgation of rules - Administration fees - Judicial remedies - Costs and expenses - Statute of limitations - Jurisdiction of district courts.


          A. The Corporation Commission is herein empowered to promulgate rules by which the purpose of the Natural Gas Market Sharing Act shall be administered, including the power to establish and enforce penalties for violations thereof. The Corporation Commission shall establish a schedule of reasonable administration fees sufficient to cover the actual costs incurred by the designated marketer to perform duties required by the Natural Gas Market Sharing Act and not assumed by private agreement. Such power shall supplement the existing authority of the Corporation Commission to provide for a ratable taking of gas to protect the correlative rights of those entitled to take from a common reservoir or common source of supply. Such power shall not preclude the remedies available through the district courts as provided by existing law nor preclude the right, herewith granted, of any owner who is injured in business or property by any other owner in the well by reason of any action in violation of the provisions of the Natural Gas Market Sharing Act to sue in the courts of this state and to recover actual damages so sustained and obtain specific performance where equitable. The prevailing party in any court proceeding brought pursuant to the Natural Gas Market Sharing Act shall be entitled to recover court costs, attorneys' fees and allowable litigation expenses. The statute of limitations on actions brought pursuant to the provisions of the Natural Gas Market Sharing Act shall be five (5) years from the date of violation of the Natural Gas Market Sharing Act.

          B. In any action brought pursuant to the provisions of the Natural Gas Market Sharing Act, the district courts of this state shall have the sole and exclusive jurisdiction to determine the entitlement of any working interest owner in a well to its share of proceeds from production or any damages, interest, court costs, attorneys' fees and allowable litigation expenses incurred as a result of a nonpayment of such working interest owner's share of proceeds from production or as a result of any action brought to enforce the right to receive any such payment.

Added by Laws 1983, c. 77, § 7, emerg. eff. May 3, 1983. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 190, § 26, eff. Sept. 1, 1992. Renumbered from § 547 of this title by Laws 1992, c. 190, § 29.