Title 52 - Oil & Gas Code

§52-97. Commission - Jurisdiction to make orders, rules and regulations - Hearings.


The Commission upon its own motion, or upon the petition of the Attorney General, or of the Conservation Attorney, or of the Director of Conservation, on behalf of the state, or of any operator, producer, or taker of oil from any common source of supply, to be affected by any such order, rule or regulation, filed with the Commission, shall have jurisdiction to make any and all orders, rules and regulations authorized and/or provided for in Sections 1 to 13 of this act, inclusive, provided that said orders, rules, and regulations shall be made only after a hearing before the Commission, of which the Commission shall have given at least ten (10) days' notice, by one publication of such notice in some newspaper of general circulation published in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, at which hearing the Attorney General, or the Conservation Attorney or the Director of Conservation upon behalf of the state, any operator or taker or producer of oil from any common source of supply, or any other person interested in such common source or sources of supply to be affected by the order, rule or regulation sought, shall have an opportunity to offer evidence and to be heard in support of or in opposition to such motion or petition for such order, rule, or regulation. Such notice of hearing shall be signed by at least a majority of the members of the Commission and shall specify (a) the time and place of hearing, (b) briefly the general nature of the order or orders, rule or rules, regulation or regulations sought in the proceeding before the Commission, and (c) the name or names or general description of the common source or sources of supply that may be affected by any such rule, order, or regulation, unless by such motion or petition filed the order or orders, rule or rules, regulation or regulations sought are intended to apply and affect the entire state.

With respect to any motion or petition filed under the provisions of this act, the service of notice thereof and any hearing thereon, and any order, rule or regulation, made thereon, the Commission shall have the power of a court of record, and shall have the further powers and authority with respect thereto enumerated and provided in Section 98 of this title; provided, that the Commission upon the date set or fixed in the notice of hearing in any proceeding commenced under the provisions of this section, or at the time of such hearing therein, or of making any order or orders, rule or rules, regulation or regulations therein, may by its order provide that said proceeding shall be continued upon the docket of the Commission for further hearing or hearings therein, and for the issuance and/or promulgation of further order or orders, rule or rules, or regulation or regulations by the Commission therein, modifying, supplementing, repealing or vacating any previous order, rule or regulation of the Commission therein as it shall determine; and if the Commission shall, in any such order, rule or regulation continuing any such case upon its docket for further hearings and orders therein, fix the time and place of such hearing or hearings, no further notice thereof shall be required; but if the Commission shall not, in its orders continuing upon its docket any such proceeding for further hearings and orders therein, fix the time and place of such hearing or hearings, then no further hearing therein shall be had until notice thereof shall have been given for the same length of time and in the same manner provided in this act for notice of the initial hearing in said proceeding.

Added by Laws 1933, c. 131, § 14, emerg. eff. April 10, 1933. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 93, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992.