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Louisiana First Circuit Tosses Out Commissioner of Conservation Order

Posted in Environmental
The Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit in Louisiana Environmental Action Network v. Welsh, 2016-0906 (La. App. 1 Cir. 6/14/17); 224 So. 3d 383, recently ruled that an order issued by the Commissioner of Conservation was overly broad, arbitrary and capricious.  Reversing the lower court’s ruling upholding the Commissioner’s order allowing construction of… Continue Reading

Preemptive Authority of Commissioner’s Actions Affirmed

Posted in Legal Updates, Oil and Gas Production
On March 9, 2016, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal issued an important decision affirming the supremacy of state law, and of the decisions and action of the Commissioner of Conservation, in regulating oil and gas production in the State.  St. Tammany Parish Government v. Commissioner, 2015-CA-1152 (La. 1 App. Cir. 2016). According to… Continue Reading

Unitization Victory for E&P Companies at Louisiana Supreme Court

Posted in News
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 pooling–established by… Continue Reading