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55-1201. Definitions. As used in this act

(a) "underground storage" shall mean storage in a subsurface stratum or formation of the earth;

(b) "natural gas" shall mean gas either while in its original state or after the same has been processed by removal therefrom of component parts not essential to its use for light and fuel;

(c) "native gas" shall mean gas which has not been previously withdrawn from the earth;

(d) "natural gas public utility" shall mean any person, firm or corporation authorized to do business in this state and engaged in the business of transporting or distributing natural gas by means of pipelines into, within or through this state for ultimate public use;

(e) "commission" shall mean the state corporation commission.

History: L. 1951, ch. 268, § 1; June 30.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Underground Fences and Storage Gas Migration: K.S.A. Section 55-1210 and Legislating Property Rights to Injected Natural Gas," Jacob L. Porter, 50 W.L.J. 177 (2010).

"Drinking a Milkshake from Someone Else's Private Collection: How the Rule of Capture Remains in Play for Storage Gas [Northern Natural Gas Co. v. OKEOK Field Services Co., 296 P.3d 1106 (Kan. 2013)]," Benjamin Kenneth Arthur Carmichael, 54 W.L.J. 397 (2015).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Intent of act allows condemnation for storage by public utility; defendant must contract for right to store. Anderson v. Beech Aircraft Corp., 237 K. 336, 347, 699 P.2d 1023 (1985).

2. "Date of taking" hereunder controlled by 26-507 which states interest appropriated vests upon payment of appraisers' award and costs. Union Gas System, Inc. v. Carnahan, 245 K. 80, 87, 774 P.2d 962 (1989).

3. Natural gas owned and stored for resale by public utilities determined tax-exempt inventory under Kan. Const., art. 11, § 1. Colorado Interstate Gas Co. v. Board of Morton County Comm'rs, 247 K. 654, 655, 802 P.2d 584 (1990).

4. Mentioned in discussion of denial of declaratory judgment for title to underground natural gas. Reese Exploration v. Williams Natural Gas, 983 F.2d 1514, 1516, 1523 (1992).


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