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55-702. Definitions. The term "waste", in addition to its ordinary meaning, shall include economic waste, underground waste and surface waste. Economic waste shall mean the use of natural gas in any manner or process except for efficient light, fuel, carbon black manufacturing and repressuring, or for chemical or other processes by which such gas is efficiently converted into a solid or a liquid substance. The term waste shall not include the use or flaring of natural gas if permitted pursuant to an order issued or rule and regulation adopted under the provisions of subsection (b) of K.S.A. 55-102, and amendments thereto. The term "common source of supply" shall include that portion lying within this state of any gas reservoir lying partly within and partly without this state. The term "commission" shall mean the state corporation commission of the state of Kansas, its successors, or such other commission or board as may hereafter be vested with jurisdiction over the subject matter of this act.

History: L. 1935, ch. 213, § 2; L. 1945, ch. 233, § 2; L. 1983, ch. 183, § 2; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

K.C.C.'s power hereunder with respect to compulsory pooling and unitization discussed, James M. Whittier, 15 K.L.R. 307, 321 (1967).

"Hugoton Gas Field: The Ongoing Battle Over Allowables, Underage, and Infill Wells," Rachel C. Lipman, 33 W.L.J. 852, 853 (1994).


1. Definition expands the meaning of "waste." Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 169 K. 722, 723, 726, 727, 730, 731, 735, 222 P.2d 704. Rehearing denied: 170 K. 341, 225 P.2d 1054.

2. Corporation commission's order refusing to reinstate canceled underages legal and reasonable. Republic Natural Gas Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 173 K. 172, 173, 244 P.2d 1196.

3. State not federal law applicable; order fixing price at wellhead upheld. Cities Service Gas Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 180 K. 454, 456, 460, 304 P.2d 528.

4. The term "waste" is defined by statute. Colorado Interstate Gas Co. v. State Corporation Comm., 192 K. 1, 6, 386 P.2d 266. Certiorari denied: 13 L.Ed.2d 333.

5. Cited; fracture treatment as consideration in formulating oil and gas proration examined. Zinke & Trumbo, Ltd. v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 242 K. 470, 473, 479, 749 P.2d 21 (1988).

6. Cited; KCC order amending basic proration order for Kansas Hugoton gas field to allow infill drilling examined. Southwest Kan. Royalty Owners Ass'n v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 244 K. 157, 166, 769 P.2d 1 (1989).

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