15-36-310. Operator responsible for payment -- deduction of taxes from royalty payments. (1) Each operator required to pay the oil and natural gas production tax under this part shall pay the tax in full for the operator's own account and for the account of each of the other owners of the gross value of product or in kind of all the marketable oil or natural gas produced and sold. Other owners include an owner or owners of working interest, royalty interest, overriding royalty interest, carried working interest, production payments, and all other interest or interests owned or carved out of the total gross value of product or in kind of the extracted marketable oil or natural gas.
(2) Unless otherwise provided in a contract or lease, the pro rata share of any royalty owner or owners must be deducted from any settlements under the lease or leases or division of proceeds orders or other contracts.