Coalbed methane gas; conflicting claims to ownership. (SB1398)

Introduced By

Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Coalbed methane gas; conflicting claims to ownership. Provides that, in order to establish a conflicting claim to the ownership of coalbed methane gas, a claimant who is not the surface owner must submit the document by which the interest in coalbed methane gas was severed from the surface estate and identify with specificity the writing that conveys such interest. Pursuant to statutory and case law, the Gas and Oil Board may not find a conflicting claim to the ownership to coalbed methane gas pursuant if the claimant fails to show a severance of mineral interests other than coal. Affirmative determinations by the Board to find a conflicting claim to the ownership of coalbed methane gas and to place the royalties attributable to such claims into an escrow account shall be considered a case decision under the Administrative Process Act. Upon the request of a claimant, the Board or a hearing officer appointed by the Board shall also review any pooling order entered prior to July 1, 2011, to ensure that previous claims have met the same threshold requirements. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/18/2011Presented and ordered printed 11104060D
01/18/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/27/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1398)
02/02/2011Failed to report (defeated) in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (7-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)