In Louisiana, the owner of a mineral servitude is under no obligation to exercise it.  However, a mineral servitude will prescribe from ten years of nonuse.  To interrupt the running of prescription, the owner of a mineral servitude may undertake “good faith operations for the discovery and production of minerals.”  Article 29 of the Mineral

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

The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal has recently issued two important decisions addressing whether certain mineral reservation language created a fixed term or instead simply restated the customary ten-year prescriptive period for these mineral rights.  Both cases emphasize why special, carefully drafted language is needed to create a mineral reservation with a fixed, non-extendable