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The Commissioner of Conservation is the head of the Office of Conservation, a division of the Department of Natural Resources and the agency with primary regulatory responsibility for oil and gas operations in Louisiana.  As the Office of Conservation is a state agency, actions taken by the Commissioner are subject to the usual rules and

By a vote of 4-3 on Friday, June 17, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied writs in reviewing the First Circuit’s decision upholding the Commissioner of Conservation’s permit to Helis Oil & Gas Company, LLC to drill an oil and gas well in St. Tammy Parish over the objection of the parish government.  We reported

Discovery in federal court should get less burdensome and expensive for defendants, thanks to upcoming changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Federal Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure proposed the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and, on April 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court approved

A year ago, on March 12, 2014, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) published its Monthly Oil Market Report announcing the price of oil was $108.55 per barrel for ICE Brent crude and $100.03 per barrel for Nymex West Texas Intermediate crude.  From the point of view of an oil producing state, the

Yesterday, the Louisiana oil and gas industry achieved a major victory with the Louisiana Supreme Court’s ruling in Gatti et al. v. State of Louisiana, et al., No. 2014-C-863 (consolidated).

Gatti was a purported class action lawsuit by a group of north Louisiana landowners who challenged the regime of “unitization”–Louisiana’s term for forced

Paul and SamTwo lawyers from Gordon Arata’s Lafayette office, Sam Masur and Paul Simon, recently spoke at the Institute for Energy Law’s Inaugural Mergers and Acquisitions Conference in Houston, Texas.

Their topic was A Litigator’s Perspective on the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA).  The presentation provides a litigator’s perspective on how agreements commonly used in oil

Mexico is not on the radar of most small and mid-sized E&P companies.  However, recent reforms could create significant opportunities in the Mexican exploration and production market for small and mid-sized E&P companies.


On the reforms, Mexico recently amended its Constitution, and is in the process of passing and implementing complementary legislation and regulations, to