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      RS 31:138.1     

  

§138.1.  Division order; precedence of lease; penalties for failure to pay royalties due

A.  For the purposes of this Article, a "division order" is an instrument setting forth the proportional ownership in oil or gas, or the value thereof, which division order is prepared after examination of title and which is executed by the owners of the production or other persons having authority to act on behalf of the owners thereof.  

B.  A division order may not alter or amend the terms of the oil and gas lease.  A division order that varies the terms of the oil and gas lease is invalid to the extent of the variance, and the terms of the oil and gas lease take precedence.  

C.  The execution of a division order is not a condition precedent to receiving payment from a lessee.  The lessee shall not withhold royalty payments because his lessor has not executed a division order.  

D.  If the lessee fails to pay royalties solely because his lessor has not executed a division order as defined in this Article, the court shall award as damages double the amount of royalties due, legal interest on that sum from the date due, and reasonable attorney's fees.  However, if the lessor fails to supply the name, address, and tax identification number upon written request of the lessee, the lessee's failure to pay royalties shall be deemed reasonable.  

Acts 1992, No. 1110, §1.  



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