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We are excited to announce publication of our Louisiana Update 2016 in the Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section Report! Jeff Weems, the Section Report Editor, had this to say about the article: “Mr. Turner gives us a view of Louisiana law, providing a quick analysis of [Louisiana’s] statutory underpinning, reviewing recent case law,…

      The Parish of Jefferson originally filed suit against nine oil and gas companies for alleged violations of the State     and     Local     Coastal     Resources Management Act of 1978, alleging damage to land and water bodies located in the Coastal Zone. In August, Judge Stephen Enright, Jr. rejected the suit as premature for failure…

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its quarterly survey of approximately 200 oil and gas firms located or headquartered in the 11th District (see illustration) September 28, 2016. The Survey measures the firms’ business activities over the last quarter, reporting whether they increased, decreased or remained static. The results are used to help guide…

If you haven’t seen the wonderful interview with Professor A. N. Yiannopoulos in the June/July 2016 issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal, I suggest you click HERE. I first encountered Professor Yiannopoulos as a common law trained attorney diving headfirst into a 500,000-acre oil and gas project covering lands in North Louisiana. All the words…

Pay Up! Security-free Period Ends for Exempt Operators Effective April 16, 2016 for 120 days, Emergency Statewide Order No. 29-B, issued by the Commissioner of Conservation, suspended certain security requirements for permits to drill and amendments to permits to drill for operators who had “…exhibited a record of compliance with the statutes, rules, and regulations…

Currently, thousands are displaced by the flooding in Southern Louisiana. Our prayers are with them. You can donate HERE, mail items HERE, and volunteer HERE to help with rescue and clean up efforts. In response to the floods, Governor John Bell has issued Executive Order No. JBE 2016-53 (the “Order”). The Order suspends all deadlines in…

Our friends at Liskow & Lewis (www.theenergylawblog.com) have posted a very insightful article on the “rash of oil severance tax audits” currently being conducted by the Louisiana Department of Revenue (the “Department”). According to the article, the Department has determined that negative adjustments to the market center price are no longer available and thus additional…

Changes are afoot at the Louisiana Office of Mineral Resources as the State Mineral and Energy Board’s Lease Form Sub-committee met in an informational session July 7, 2016 to review the Proposed New Lease Form. Highlights of the changes include: Liquidated damages equal to double the annual rental payment where lessee fails to commence secondary…

Short answer: recordation is not necessary where title is transferred by operation of law. However, we advise our clients to file all succession proceedings and the judgment of possession in the parish where the immovable is located. Louisiana’s public records doctrine is a race to the courthouse, first in time, first in right doctrine. Knowledge of…