SEC. 53-3-13. Permit fee; disposition of fees.
(1) Any person securing a permit to drill a well in search of oil or gas under the provisions of section 53-3-11 shall pay to the oil and gas supervisor a fee of three hundred dollars ($300.00) upon and for the issuance of such permit. A lesser sum may be paid if the state oil and gas board shall adopt a rule fixing the amount to be paid at a sum less than three hundred dollars ($300.00). Any such permit, when issued and the fee paid thereon, shall be good for a period of six (6) months from the date thereof; and in the event drilling has commenced within the said six (6) months, the permit shall be good for the life of the well so commenced, unless during the course of drilling or production the operator is changed. In the event a change of operators from that listed in the drilling permit is desired, the operator so listed and the proposed new operator shall apply to the state oil and gas board for authority to change operators on forms to be prescribed by order of the state oil and gas board. The fee for such change of operators shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) per change, or some lesser sum as may be fixed by order of the board.
(2) The state oil and gas supervisor, as ex officio secretary of the state oil and gas board, shall remit to the state treasurer all monies collected by reason of the assessments made, fixed and authorized under the provisions of the first paragraph of this section, and the state treasurer shall deposit all such monies in a special fund known as the "Oil and Gas Conservation Fund."
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 6132-30; Laws, 1948, ch. 319, Secs. 1, 2; 1966, ch. 280, Sec. 1; 1977, ch. 487; 1978, ch. 520, Sec. 14; 1982, ch. 485, Sec. 31, eff from and after July 1, 1982.