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55-1302. Definitions. As used in this act:

(a) Except where the context otherwise requires, the terms used or defined in articles 6 and 7 of chapter 55 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, shall have the same meaning when used in this act.

(b) "Pool" means an underground accumulation of oil and gas in one or more natural reservoirs in communication so as to constitute a single pressure system so that production from one part of the pool affects the pressure throughout its extent.

(c) "Oil and gas" means crude oil, natural gas, casinghead gas, condensate, or any combination thereof.

(d) "Waste," in addition to its meaning as used in articles 6 and 7 of chapter 55 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, includes both economic and physical waste resulting from the development and operation separately of tracts that can best be operated as a unit.

(e) "Working interest owner" means the owner of tracts or interests who, in the absence of a unitization order, would have the right to drill and operate a well or wells on the separately owned tracts comprising a unit.

History: L. 1967, ch. 299, § 2; L. 2004, ch. 115, § 1; July 1.

Cross References to Related Sections:

2004 amendment of definition of pool, legislative intent, see 55-1316.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Waste discussed in relation to K.S.A. 55-602 in "The Kansas Unitization Statute: Part I," Ernest E. Smith, 16 K.L.R. 567, 577, 580 (1968).


1. Definition of "pool" is construed to include commingled formations. Trees Oil Co. v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 279 K. 209, 105 P.3d 1269 (2005).

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