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      RS 30:148.6     


§148.6.  Restrictions on area; term; consideration

A.  No lease shall cover an area larger than six hundred forty acres, provided, however, a lease for the underground storage of oil, natural gas, liquid hydrocarbons, or carbon dioxide in an underground reservoir shall be limited only by the extent of the underground storage reservoir beneath the lands or water bodies and beds leased.  All leases shall be for a term which may be determined by the lessor and advertised as such, but not exceeding twenty-five years.  A lease may also provide to lessees an option to renew and extend the lease, or for a renewal and extension subject to approval by the lessor, upon such terms and conditions as may be advertised and stipulated in the lease, so long as the total of any such options, or renewals or extension do not exceed an additional period of twenty-five years.  The lease shall grant to the lessee the right to remove from the leased premises at any time during the life of the lease any and all property placed thereon by the lessee.

B.  All leases executed under the provisions of this Subpart shall provide for reasonable consideration as set forth in the advertisement, which may include, among other consideration, any one or combination of the following: bonus, rental, or consideration for injection or withdrawal of stored product.

C.  Any contract entered into for the lease of state lands for any purpose shall require that access by the public to public waterways through the state lands covered by the lease shall be maintained and preserved for the public by the lessee.  The provisions of this Section shall not prohibit the secretary of the agency having control over the property from restricting access to public waterways if he determines that a danger to the public welfare exists.  The provisions of this Section shall not apply in cases involving title disputes.

Acts 1995, No. 88, §1, eff. June 12, 1995; Acts 1999, No. 1142, §1; Acts 2008, No. 315, §1.

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