The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28] Page: 54 of 2,111
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46 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
RELATING TO POWERS AND DUTIES OF RAILROAD
COMMISSION IN RESPECT TO CONSERVATION
OF OIL AND GAS.
H. B. No. 25.] CHAPTER 26.
An Act further prescribing the powers and duties of the Railroad Commission
of Texas in respect to the conservation of oil and gas and the
regulation of the production, storage and transportation thereof; further
defining waste, regulating and prohibiting the same as relates to
crude petroleum oil and natural gas, prohibiting the production, transportation,
storing or use of crude petroleum oil and/or natural gas
under conditions as to constitute waste, providing that waste shall not
be construed to mean economic waste and prohibiting the taking into
consideration of market demand as an element of waste, providing that
this Act shall not be construed as to prevent storage of oil except to
prevent physical waste, authorizing the curtailing of production in
order to prevent waste, amending Article 6008 of the Revised Civil
Statutes of 1925, prohibiting the wasting of gas by escape and requiring
the confinement thereof under the terms and conditions of said
Article and affixing a penalty for its violation; amending Article 6036
of the Revised Civil Statutes of 1925 as amended by Section 4 of Chapter
313 Acts of the Regular Session of the Forty-first Legislature, providing
for additional penalties to those which might be imposed by the
Commission for the violation of its orders and authorizing suit to collect
the penalty by the Attorney General in the name of the State of
Texas; giving the Railroad Commission the power through the Attorney
General to institute suits against parties violating the rules, regulations
and orders of the Commission, fixing the venue thereof and
providing for injunctions therein; empowering the Commission to
inquire into the production, storage or transportation of crude petroleum
oil and natural gas in order to determine whether or not waste
exists and requiring persons to make and file sworn reports and statements
as to facts within their knowledge in reference to the production,
storage or transportation of crude petroleum oil and/or natural
gas and authorizing the inspection and gaging thereof by the Commission
and of the books and records of any party interested therein; requiring
permanent records or copies thereof of the quantity or amount
of oil or gas produced, stored or transported within this State, giving
authority to the Commission and the Attorney General to inspect said
records, and providing grounds for forfeiture of charters and injunctions
prohibiting corporations from doing business because of a failure
to comply with the terms hereof in respect thereio, giving the Attorney
General the power to institute such suits, authorizing the Commission
upon its own initiative and requiring it upon the verified complaint of
any party showing that waste is taking place, to hold hearings, hear
testimony and enter and make rules, regulations and orders in reference
thereto as the facts justify; authorizing the Commission to distribute,
prorate or otherwise apportion any reduction or adjustment
among wells, committing waste or contributing thereto; authorizing
the Commission to designate and describe wells or pools by using well
understood names or descriptions, authorizing the Commission from
time to time after notice, to amend, revoke, suspend, renew or extend
such rules or orders so made as the circumstances may equitably require,
prohibiting the Commission from restricting production of oil
from any new field until the total production aggregates ten thousand
(10,000) barrels of oil per day unless it be necessary to prevent physical
waste, providing a method whereby any interested party affected
by any rule or order made or promulgated by the Commission, shall
have the right to institute a suit in Travis County, Texas, against the
Commission and seek relief such as may be necessary, providing the
procedure in respect thereto and granting of injunctions under certain
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28], book, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth17293/m1/54/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .