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      RS 30:809     


§809.  Preservation of rights

A.  The respective rights of the lessees under oil, gas, and mineral leases and of the lessees under geothermal leases are intended to be compatible and to be exercised reasonably by one with due regard to the other.  However, in the event of conflict, the rights of the lessee under any oil, gas, or mineral lease heretofore issued on lands as set forth in Section 804 hereof and in effect on September 12, 1975, shall not be diminished or limited by virtue of this Chapter or any provisions hereof.

B.  With respect to those leases executed on and after January 1, 1991, the rights of the lessee under any oil, gas, or mineral lease shall govern the production of any oil, gas, or mineral which may be considered a geothermal resource; and, unless specifically excluded in the lease, the lessee shall not be required to obtain a geothermal lease.

C.  The provisions of this Chapter are not intended and should not be construed to deny the legal right or remedy of any owner for the protection of his property interests that is otherwise available to such owner under the law.

Acts 1990, No. 684, §1.

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