Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC

Under La. R.S. 30:103.1 and 30:103.2, an unleased owner in a commissioner’s unit is entitled to reports on production and costs from a well in the unit and, in certain circumstances, statutory penalties if such reports are not timely provided.  But is a non-operator lessee entitled to the same relief?  Two recent courts have reached

Ambiguous or conflicting property descriptions in conveyance instruments have been around as long as property conveyances have been made. With the radical increase in recent years of mineral production at deeper and deeper depths, the need for carefully describing what depths are being conveyed or reserved has become all the more important.  A lackadaisical attitude

By Act No. 342 of its 2016 Regular Session, the Louisiana Legislature amended La. R.S. 30:28, which addresses the issuance of drilling permits, by adding a new subsection J.  Under this new La. R.S. 30:28(J) and effective August 1, 2016, no later than 30 days after the issuance of an amended permit to transfer a

Louisiana Revised Statute 30:10, commonly referred to as the Risk Fee Statute, was amended during the 2016 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.  The statute as amended took effect June 13, 2016.  The amendment expressly allows an operator of a commissioner’s unit to assert the risk fee penalty against a non-operator lessee by sending the

For distressed mid-sized E&P and oil field service companies in Louisiana, the thought of filing a petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in New York or Delaware may leave as bad a taste in the mouth as that poor cowboy who got a jar of salsa made in New York City*—and for good reason.

As

On June 19, 2015, Louisiana severance tax exemptions were revised for horizontal wells that commence production on or after July 1, 2015. On that date, Act No. 120 became law to amend Louisiana Revised Statute 47:633(7)(c)(iii) and to enact new Louisiana Revised Statute 47:633(7)(d).

The statute, as revised, keeps in place an exemption from severance

In this period of depressed oil and gas prices, many companies are considering refracturing and/or reworking older wells to gain production at lower costs than from drilling new wells. Refracking allows companies to extract more hydrocarbons from already existing wells by recompleting the well. Nowadays, companies have better technology and are more efficient in their