2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 17. Corporation Commission
§17-520. Security for location damages - Filing - Entry upon property - Increase in security.
A. Every operator doing business in this state shall file a corporate surety bond, letter of credit from a banking institution, cash, or a certificate of deposit with the Secretary of State in the sum of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) conditioned upon compliance with Sections 20 through 26 of this act for payment of any location damages due which the operator cannot otherwise pay. The Secretary of State shall hold such corporate surety bond, letter of credit from a banking institution, cash or certificate of deposit for the benefit of the surface owners of this state and shall ensure that such security is in a form readily payable to a surface owner awarded damages in an action brought pursuant to Sections 20 through 26 of this act. Each corporate surety bond, letter of credit, cash, or certificate of deposit filed with the Secretary of State shall be accompanied by a filing fee of Ten Dollars ($10.00).
B. The bonding company or banking institution shall file, for such fee as is provided for by law, a certificate that said bond or letter of credit is in effect or has been canceled, or that a claim has been made against it in the office of the court clerk in each county in which the operator is drilling or planning to drill. Said bond or letter of credit must remain in full force and effect as long as the operator continues drilling operations in this state. Each such filing shall be accompanied by a filing fee of Ten Dollars ($10.00).
C. Upon deposit of the bond, letter of credit, cash or certificate of deposit, the operator shall be permitted entry upon the property and shall be permitted to commence drilling of a well in accordance with the terms and conditions of any lease or other existing contractual or lawful right.
D. If the damages agreed to by the parties or awarded by the court are greater than the bond, letter of credit, cash or certificate of deposit posted, the operator shall pay the damages immediately or post an additional bond, letter of credit, cash or certificate of deposit sufficient to cover the damages. Said increase in bond, letter of credit, cash or certificate of deposit shall comply with the requirements of this section.
Added by Laws 1990, c. 255, § 21, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.
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