Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-1683 Page: 4 of 7
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Game, Fish and Oyster Commission, Page 4
or his deputies, may have jurisdiction in
the enforcement of this chapter. A violation
of any of the provisions of this chapter shall
be punished by a fine of not less than '100.00
and not more than $1,000.00.00.... Each day such
pollution is knowingly caused or permitted
shall constitute a separate offense...."
Article 698a, enacted by the 42nd Legislature
provides as follows:
"Sec. I. 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 harm-
ful 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 Abt by throw-
ing, casting, discharging or depositing crude
petroleum, oil, refinery wastes or oil well
wastes or accumulations of such deposits, cover-
ed an area of such water in excess of ten thou-
sand (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
"Sec. 3. Any person violating any provi-
Sion of this Act or any director or officer
of a corporation or member of a firm or partner-
ship or receiver whose corporation, firm, partner-
ship or receivership is responsible for the opera-
tions causing a violation of any provision of
this Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor
and upon conviction shall be fined in a sum not
less than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) nor more
than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), and each
day that such violation is committed shall
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-1683, text, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth258874/m1/4/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.