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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title XXVIII
NATURAL RESOURCES; CONSERVATION, RECLAMATION, AND USE
Chapter 377
ENERGY RESOURCES
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F.S. 377.2434
377.2434 Property rights to injected natural gas.
(1) All natural gas that has previously been reduced to possession and that is subsequently injected into a natural gas storage facility is at all times the property of the injector or the injector’s heirs, successors, or assigns, whether owned by the injector or stored under contract.
(2) Such gas may not be subject to the right of the owner of the surface of the lands or of any mineral interest therein, under which the natural gas storage facilities lie, or to the right of any person, other than the injector or the injector’s heirs, successors, or assigns, to waste or otherwise interfere with or exercise control over such gas, to produce, to take, or to reduce to possession, by means of the law of capture or otherwise. This subsection does not affect the ownership of hydrocarbons occurring naturally within this state or the right of the owner of the surface of the lands or of any mineral interest therein to drill or bore through the natural gas storage facilities in a manner that will protect the facilities against pollution or the escape of stored natural gas.
(3) With regard to natural gas that has migrated to adjoining property or to a stratum, or portion thereof, which has not been condemned or otherwise purchased:
(a) The injector or the injector’s heirs, successors, or assigns:
1. May not lose title to or possession of the gas if the injector or the injector’s heirs, successors, or assigns can prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the gas was originally injected into the underground storage; and
2. Have the right to conduct tests on any existing wells on adjoining property as may be reasonable to determine ownership of the gas, but the tests are solely at the injector’s risk and expense.
(b) The owner of the stratum and the owner of the surface are entitled to compensation, including compensation for use of or damage to the surface or substratum, as provided by law.
History.s. 17, ch. 2013-205.