§22-6A-3. Applicability; exceptions.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the
contrary, the provisions of this article shall apply to any natural
gas well, other than a coalbed methane well, drilled using a
horizontal drilling method, and which disturbs three acres or more
of surface, excluding pipelines, gathering lines and roads, or
utilizes more than two hundred ten thousand gallons of water in any
thirty day period: Provided, That this article does not apply to
or affect any well work permitted for a horizontal well or orders
issued regarding horizontal wells or permit applications pending
prior to the effective date of this article: Provided, further,
That this article shall not apply to or affect any rights bargained
for in any agreement between a surface owner and operator made
prior to the effective date of this article.