2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 17. Corporation Commission
§17-151. Public utility defined - Exemption of nonprofit water and sewer corporations - Washington County - Authority of certain beneficiaries to condemn property.
The term "public utility" as used in Sections 151 through 155 of this title, shall be taken to mean and include every corporation, association, company, individuals, their trustees, lessees, or receivers, successors or assigns, except as hereinafter provided, and except cities, towns, or other bodies politic, that now or hereafter may own, operate, or manage any plant or equipment, or any part thereof, directly or indirectly, for public use, or may supply any commodity to be furnished to the public.
(a) For the conveyance of gas by pipeline.
(b) For the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat or light with gas.
(c) For the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing electric current for light, heat or power.
(d) For the transportation, delivery or furnishing of water for domestic purposes or for power. Provided further that a corporation organized and existing not for profit pursuant to Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Sections 851-863, but for the purpose of developing and providing rural water supply and sewage disposal facilities to serve rural residents shall not be declared a public utility under this act, and shall be exempt in any and all respects from the jurisdiction and control of the Corporation Commission of this state.
The term "Commission" shall be taken to mean Corporation Commission of Oklahoma.
Provided, that, in Washington County, where any corporation, association, company, individuals, their trustees, lessees, or receivers, successors or assigns, is engaged in the private business of manufacturing any products other than those hereinbefore defined, and in the manufacture of such products operate and maintain private electric or water plants for its own power and electrical energy or water used in its manufacturing plant, without the right of eminent domain and without the use of streets, highways or public property, it may contract upon terms and prices approved by Corporation Commission the sale of a bona fide surplus of electrical energy or water developed in such private plants to any public utility engaged in manufacturing and distributing electrical energy in Washington County, Oklahoma, without becoming a public utility. Provided further any city or town within a county having a population of over five hundred thousand (500,000) or any county having a population of over five hundred thousand (500,000), according to the 1970 Federal Census, which is a beneficiary of a public trust that has multiple beneficiaries and that includes within any or all of its boundaries a water supply and/or distribution system, or any portion thereof, shall have the authority to condemn all or any portion of any water supply and/or distribution system owned and/or operated and/or leased by a public trust within the limits of the condemning city or town or within the unincorporated areas of the condemning county; provided the power granted hereunder shall not be exercised until the condemning city, town or county shall have made provision to pay off all outstanding bonded indebtedness incurred by the public trust, including interest on the bonds to maturity of the bonds, or first call date, and premium, if any, to which the property to be condemned or the revenues therefrom has been pledged for security.
Laws 1913, c. 93, p. 150, § 1; Laws 1929, c. 353, p. 487, § 1; Laws 1971, c. 26, § 1; Laws 1971, c. 322, § 1, emerg. eff. June 24, 1971.
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