(a) On the issuance of an order finding that a violation has occurred, the railroad
commission shall inform the permittee and any other person charged within 30 days
of the amount of the penalty.
(b) Within the 30-day period immediately following the day on which the decision or
order is final as provided in Subchapter F, Chapter 2001, Government Code, 1 the person charged with the penalty shall:
(1) pay the penalty in full; or
(2) if the person seeks judicial review of either the amount of the penalty or the
fact of the violation, or both:
(A) forward the amount to the railroad commission for placement in an escrow account;
(B) in lieu of payment into escrow, post with the railroad commission a supersedeas
bond in a form approved by the railroad commission for the amount of the penalty,
such bond to be effective until all judicial review of the order or decision is final.
(c) If through judicial review of the decision or order it is determined that no violation
occurred or that the amount of the penalty should be reduced or not assessed, the
railroad commission shall, within the 30-day period immediately following that determination,
if the penalty has been paid to the railroad commission, remit the appropriate amount
to the person, with accrued interest, or where a supersedeas bond has been posted,
the railroad commission shall execute a release of such bond.
(d) Failure to forward the money to the railroad commission within the time provided
by Subsection (b) of this section results in a waiver of all legal rights to contest
the violation or the amount of the penalty.
(e) Judicial review of the order or decision of the railroad commission assessing
the penalty shall be under the substantial evidence rule and shall be instituted by
filing a petition with the district court of Travis County, Texas, and not elsewhere,
as provided for in Subchapter G, Chapter 2001, Government Code. 2
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