The Laws of Texas, 1931-1933 [Volume 28] Page: 96 of 2,111
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88 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
PROHIBITING POLLUTION OF STREAMS.
H. B. No. 12.] CHAPTER 42.
An Act providing that it shall be unlawful to throw, cast, discharge
or deposit crude petroleum, oil, acids sulphur, salt water, oil refinery
wastes, or oil well wastes in any of the waters of this State; providing
that salt water and treated sulphur water may be deposited in the tidal
waters of this State and providing that salt water, under certain
circumstances, may be deposited in the fresh waters of this State;
providing for the enforcement of this Act, disposition of fines and
fees of the arresting officers; providing that this Act shall be cumulative
of all laws relating to the subject matter of this Act, and declaring
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful to throw, cast, discharge or
deposit crude petroleum, oil, acids, sulphur, salt water, oil refinery
wastes or oil well wastes in or on any stream, water
course or natural body of water of this State or in such proximity
thereto that such crude petroleum, oil, acids, sulphur, salt
water, oil refinery wastes or oil well wastes will reach such
stream, water course or natural body of water; providing, however,
that salt water or sulphur water, when such sulphur water
is so treated that it will not be harmful to aquatic life or
marine organisms, may be deposited in the tidal waters of this
State; and providing further that when it is charged that there
is a violation of this Act by throwing, casting, discharging or
depositing crude petroleum, oil, refinery wastes or oil well wastes
into any of the waters of this State adequate proof must be
submitted that crude petroleum, oil, refinery wastes or oil well
wastes or accumulations of such deposits, covered an area of
such water in excess of ten thousand (10,000) square feet or
was on the surface of a river, stream, bayou or channel of this
State for a distance in excess of three hundred (300) feet.
SEC. 2. Provided that salt water may be discharged into a
fresh water stream or other natural body of fresh water of this
State at such times and in such quantities that it will not be
harmful to nor contribute to the injury nor prevent the propogation
of aquatic life, nor render such water unfit for livestock,
domestic or irrigation purposes. All discharges of salt water
contributing to conditions inhibited by this Act or cumulative
of conditions inhibited by this Act shall be violations of this
Act; providing that any and all discharges of salt water into
a fresh water stream or other natural body of fresh water of
this State, that produces or contributes to a salinity in excess
to two thousand parts of salt in one million parts of water shall
be violations of this Act.
SEC. 3. Any person violating any provision of this Act or
any director or officer of a corporation or member of a firm or
partnership or receiver whose corporation, firm, partnership
or receivership is responsible for the operations causing a violation
of any provision of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a
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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/m1/96/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .