Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 107
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Bill 3031
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:(Amended by Chapter 206)An Act concerning natural gas; amending K.S.A. 55-102 and repealing the existing section.




(Amended by Chapter 206)

An Act concerning natural gas; amending K.S.A. 55-102 and repealing the existing section.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 55-102 is hereby amended to read as follows: 55-

102. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for any

person, firm or corporation having possession or control of any natural-

gas or natural gas well, oil well or coalbed natural gas well, whether as a

contractor, owner, lessee, agent or manager, to use or permit the use of

gas by direct well pressure for pumping of oil or for blowing oil out of

wells, or for operating any machinery by direct well pressure of gas, or

to allow or permit the flow of gas or oil from any such well to escape into

the open air without being confined within such well or proper pipes or

other safe receptacle for a longer period than two days after gas or oil

shall have been struck in such well, except that a reasonable time, not

exceeding five days, shall be allowed such contractor, owner, lessee, agent

or manager, in addition to such two days, in which to place in the well

the casing, tubing, packers and other appliances necessary to properly

operate the same and obtain the products therefrom or, in case such

contractor, owner, lessee, agent or manager shall not desire to operate

such well, to securely enclose the same, so as to prevent the escape of oil

or gas therefrom, and thereafter all such gas or oil shall be safely and

securely confined in such well, pipes, or other proper receptacle. The

provisions of this section shall not be construed to apply to the escape of

gas or oil during continuous drilling. Any person violating any of the pro-

visions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall

be fined in the sum not less than $50 nor more than $200, or by impris-

onment in the county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six

months, and each day that the violation continues shall constitute a sep-

arate offense.

(b) Natural gas produced in connection with the production of oil, or

coalbed natural gas produced from natural gas wells or from coal seams

or associated shale, may be flared, vented or used in any manner if such

use or, flaring or venting is authorized by an order, rule or regulation of

the state corporation commission.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 55-102 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the Kansas register.

Approved May 13, 2002.

Published in the Kansas Register May 23, 2002.


Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002