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55-602. Waste defined; rules and regulations; person defined. The term "waste" as used herein, in addition to its ordinary meaning, shall include economic waste, underground waste, surface waste, waste of reservoir energy, and the production of crude oil or petroleum in excess of transportation or marketing facilities or reasonable market demands. The state corporation commission shall have authority to make rules and regulations for the prevention of such waste and for the protection of all fresh-water strata, and oil- and gas-bearing strata encountered in any well drilled for, or producing, oil. "Person" as herein used shall mean any natural person, corporation, association, partnership, receiver, trustee, guardian, executor, administrator and a fiduciary of any kind.

History: L. 1931, ch. 226, § 2; L. 1933, ch. 214, § 1; L. 1939, ch. 227, § 1; March 30.

Cross References to Related Sections:

See also 55-604.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Application of section to compulsory pooling and unitization discussed. James M. Whittier, 15 K.L.R. 307, 321 (1967).

Unitization criteria of economic waste discussed in "The Kansas Unitization Statute: Part I," Ernest E. Smith, 16 K.L.R. 567, 577 (1968).

"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).


1. History of act and effect of amendments discussed. Continental Investment Corp. v. State Corporation Comm., 156 K. 858, 859, 137 P.2d 166.

2. Oil lease; wartime regulations prevented drilling; extension of lease denied. Berline v. Waldschmidt, 159 K. 585, 589, 156 P.2d 865.

3. Commission may fix state-wide minimum allowable production exceeding 15 barrels per well, when; statute construed. Aylward Production Corp. v. Corporation Commission, 162 K. 428, 429, 430, 433, 443, 176 P.2d 861.

4. 1939 act and corporation commission's order thereunder held valid; due process; equal protection. Bay Petroleum Corporation v. Corporation Commission, 36 F.Supp. 66, 67, 71.

5. State may regulate production to prevent waste and protect owner's correlative rights. State Corporation Commission of Kansas v. Wall, 113 F.2d 877, 878, 879, 880, 881.

6. Jurisdiction of corporation commission; sale of part of interstate pipe line; requiring oil company to continue to buy oil. Sinclair Pipe Line Company v. Snyder, 147 F.Supp. 632, 635.

7. Applied; corporation commission rule (82-2-125) valid; denial of exemption not arbitrary; no denial of due process. Hartman v. State Corporation Commission, 215 K. 758, 767, 529 P.2d 134.

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