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55-1309. Employment of consultant to advise commission. Whenever in any contested proceeding before the commission for the unitization and unit operation of a pool or a part of a pool, the commission determines that the engineering, geological, or other technical issues are such that it is in need of additional engineering, geological or other technical evidence as an aid to a proper understanding and appraisal of the issues and evidence, it may employ a qualified disinterested technical consultant for that purpose. All opinions, conclusions, evidence and testimony of such consultant shall be presented in an open hearing subject to examination by any interested party as well as the commission. The cost and expense of the employment of such a consultant shall be payable out of the funds of the commission.

History: L. 1967, ch. 299, ยง 9; July 1.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Oil and Gas: The Corporation Commission's Role in Evaluating the Prudence of Operations in Statutory Unitization," Richard A. Forster, 24 W.L.J. 191 (1984).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Cited in considering authority of commission to amend, modify or terminate its unitization orders. Parkin v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 234 K. 994, 1009, 677 P.2d 991 (1984).


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