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§ 803. Surface estate--Interference with solar energy agreement--Notice

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 52. Oil and Gas

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 52. Oil and Gas (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 16. Exploration Rights Act of 2011
52 Okl.St.Ann. § 803
§ 803. Surface estate--Interference with solar energy agreement--Notice
A. Unless specifically provided otherwise in an instrument transferring or retaining title to the mineral estate separate from the surface estate, and subject to, and consistent with, the provisions of the surface damages statutes and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations, within a tract of real property, the mineral owner has had, and shall hereafter continue to have, the right to make reasonable use of the surface estate, including the right of ingress and egress therefor, for the purpose of exploring, severing, capturing and producing the minerals underlying the tract of real property or lands spaced or pooled therewith.
B. Notwithstanding any provision in a wind or solar energy agreement in effect on, or entered into after, May 10, 2011, or the provisions of the Oklahoma Wind Energy Development Act,1 as the same is in effect or hereafter amended, the lessee of a wind or solar energy agreement or the wind energy developer shall not unreasonably interfere with the mineral owner's right to make reasonable use of the surface estate, including the right of ingress and egress therefor, for the purpose of exploring, severing, capturing and producing the minerals.
C. It is the intent of the Exploration Rights Act of 2011 to confirm the mineral owner's historical right to make reasonable use of the surface estate, including the right of ingress and egress therefor, for the purpose of exploring, severing, capturing and producing the minerals, and nothing in this act is intended to expand or diminish those historical rights. Further, nothing in this act shall amend or modify the surface damages statutes or be interpreted to grant, expand or diminish any person's rights therein.
D. For any alleged breach or violation of the Exploration Rights Act of 2011, any affected person may petition the district court in the county in which the real property is located for either declaratory relief pursuant to Sections 1651 through 1657 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or injunctive relief pursuant to Sections 1381 through 1397 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or both, in addition to any other remedies at law or in equity that may otherwise be available.

Credits

Laws 2011, c. 197, § 5; Laws 2017, c. 45, § 3, emerg. eff. April 17, 2017.

Footnotes

Title 17, § 160.11 et seq.
52 Okl. St. Ann. § 803, OK ST T. 52 § 803
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session and First and Second Extraordinary Sessions of the 58th Legislature (2022).
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