(a) Any person who knowingly and willfully violates any provision of this article, or any rule, regulation or order of the board made under this article shall, in the event a penalty for such violation is not otherwise provided for in this article, be subject to a fine not to exceed $10,000.00 a day for each and every day of such violation and for each and every act of violation, such fine to be recovered by a civil action in the circuit court of the county where the defendant resides, or in the county of the residence of any defendant if there is more than one defendant, or in the circuit court of the county where the violation took place. The place of the civil action shall be selected by the board, and such civil action, by direction of the board, shall be instituted and conducted in the name of the board by the attorney for the board or by the Attorney General or under his direction by the district attorney for the county where the civil action is instituted.
(b) The payment of any fine as provided for in this section shall not have the effect of changing illegal oil into legal oil, illegal gas into legal gas or illegal product into legal product; nor shall such payment have the effect of authorizing the sale, purchase or acquisition or the transportation, refining, processing or handling in any other way of such illegal oil, illegal gas or illegal product, but, to the contrary, the fine shall be imposed for each prohibited transaction relating to such illegal oil, illegal gas or illegal product.
(c) Any person knowingly and willfully aiding or abetting any other person in the violation of any statute of this state relating to the conservation of oil or gas or the violation of any provision of this article or any rule, regulation or order made under this article shall be subject to the same penalty prescribed in subsection (a) of this section for the violation by such other person.
(d) The payment of any fine shall not impair or abridge any cause of action which any person may have against the person violating a rule, regulation or order by reason of an injury resulting from such violation.