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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXVIII
NATURAL RESOURCES; CONSERVATION, RECLAMATION, AND USE
Chapter 377
ENERGY RESOURCES
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F.S. 377.38
377.38 Illegal oil, gas, and other products; sale, purchase, acquisition, transportation, refining, processing, or handling prohibited.
(1) The sale, purchase, or acquisition, or the transportation, refining, processing, or handling in any other way, of illegal oil, illegal gas, or illegal product is hereby prohibited.
(2) Unless and until the division provides for certificates of clearance or tenders, or some other method, so that any person may have an opportunity to determine whether any contemplated transaction of sale, purchase, or acquisition, or of transportation, refining, processing, or handling in any other way, involves illegal oil, illegal gas, or illegal product, no liquidated damage shall be imposed for the sale, purchase, or acquisition, or the transportation, refining, processing, or handling in any other way, of illegal oil, illegal gas, or illegal product, except under circumstances hereinafter stated. Liquidated damages shall be imposed for the commission of each transaction prohibited in this section when the person committing the same knows that illegal oil, illegal gas, or illegal product is involved in such transaction, or when such person could have known or determined such fact by the exercise of reasonable diligence or from facts within his or her knowledge. However, regardless of lack of actual notice or knowledge, liquidated damages as provided in this law shall apply in any sale, purchase, or acquisition, and to the transportation, refining, processing, or handling in any other way, of illegal oil, illegal gas, or illegal product, where administrative provision is made for identifying the character of the commodity as to its legality. It shall likewise be a violation for which liquidated damages shall be imposed for any person to sell, purchase, or acquire, or to transport, refine, process, or handle in any other way any oil, gas, or product without complying with all applicable rules, regulations, or orders of the division relating thereto.
History.s. 34, ch. 22819, 1945; ss. 25, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 629, ch. 95-148.