Office of Mineral Resources

Geology, Engineering & Lands Division

Boyd Handley
Geology Lands Administrator

617 North Third Street
P.O. Box 2827
Baton Rouge Louisiana 70821-2827
Voice 225.342.7121
FAX 225.342.4527

The Geology Lands Division provides the State Mineral & Energy Board with expertise, advice and recommendations in the fields of geology, geophysics and engineering, by compiling, maintaining and analyzing varied scientific data to determine the most advantageous minerals exploration, development and production on state-owned lands and water bottoms. The division also performs the mineral leasing function on behalf of the State Mineral & Energy Board, maintains state mineral lease ownership and property data, manages the docket of items submitted for Board consideration at its monthly meetings and maintains the official state mineral lease files.

The Division works closely with the Mineral & Energy Board's Tract Evaluation, Legal and Title Controversy, Docket Review and Lease Review Committees and its personnel provide the majority of public assistance at the public reference computer areas in the Baton Rouge office.

The special projects geologists handle a variety of projects involving minerals activity on state acreage at the request of Department and Office administration or as a result of developing industry activity.

 

Information about OMR services and programs Service or Program Contact
  How to Acquire an Operating Agreement

Charles Bradbury
(225) 342-9199

  How to Obtain a Seismic Permit on State Lands and Water Bottoms

Byron Miller
(225) 342-5285

  How to Nominate a Tract for State or State Agency Mineral Lease

Brian Jackson
(225) 219-9753

  How to Bid on a Tract of Land for State or State Agency Mineral Lease

Brian Jackson
(225) 219-9753

  How to Assign a State Mineral Lease

Cristina Vince
(225) 342-5002

  How to Release Acreage from a State Mineral Lease

Veronica Bateman
(225) 342-3359

  How to Submit a State Agency Lease for State Mineral Board Approval

Cristina Vince
(225) 342-5002

  How to Docket an Item for State Mineral Board Consideration

Cristina Vince
(225) 342-5002

  How to Register with the Office of Mineral Resources

Brian Jackson
(225) 219-9753

  How to Subscribe to the Louisiana State Leases CD-ROM

Brian Jackson
(225) 219-9753

  How to Find Out if I Am Registered as a Prospective Leaseholder

Brian Jackson
(225) 219-9753

 

Resource Management Section

The Resource Management Section is divided into geographic Districts 1 East, 1 West, 2 and 3, each staffed by geologists who are responsible for monitoring all oil and gas related activities in their assigned area.

Section geologists evaluate and compile leasing and geological data pertinent to tracts nominated for state mineral lease sale, attend lease sales, and advise the State Mineral & Energy Board as to bids most advantageous to the state.

This Section is responsible for monitoring and reviewing all existing state leases to insure that the lessee is prudently maintaining and developing the state lease. Geologists monitor adjacent drilling activity (including the 8(g) offshore area) to ensure that offset activity does not drain reserves from state property. They represent the state as landowner in Office of Conservation forced pooling and unitization proceedings, evaluate requests for voluntary unitization and review State Mineral & Energy Board docket items and partial releases, working to ensure fair state participation in producing units. They review state mineral leases for production, royalty payments, deferred development and additional consideration portions of lease bids.

Its personnel also coordinate all meetings with industry representatives concerning plans of development and voluntary unit creation involving state acreage, as well as staff activities in support of the State Mineral & Energy Board Lease Review Committee.

Leasing Districts Map

Special Projects Section

The Special Projects Section houses geologists having expertise in geophysics and special project geologists.

They assist staff auditors with field and facility audits and staff geologists with reservoir and economic evaluations of tracts and producing leases.

The geologists with expertise in geophysics receive and process applications for non-exclusive seismic permits and evaluate requests for exclusive geophysical agreements prior to application.

They also interpret seismic data for the purposes of recommending current and prospective minerals activities advantageous to the state and protecting the state's interests in pooling and unitization matters.

The special projects geologists handle a variety of projects involving minerals activity on state acreage at the request of Department and Office administration or as a result of developing industry activity.

Engineering Section

The petroleum engineers receive requests for and perform detailed analysis of operating agreements, review and evaluate surface and downhole commingling requests, determine commercial productivity in connection with shut-in and/or gas marketing lease provisions and evaluate secondary recovery proposals.

Leasing Section

The Leasing Section receives and processes monthly proposals for mineral lease (commonly known as nominations or applications) for upcoming mineral lease sales. It's personnel prepare a Notice of Publication, which described all of the tracts for a specific upcoming lease sale, including a legal description of the tract, a map of the tract advertised, minimum requirements and general guidelines for leasing. Personnel prepare the proposals for advertisement in the official journal of the state and the official journals in the parishes where the proposals are located. 

They receive monthly sealed bids for mineral lease sale and present the sealed bids to the Board in open forum for consideration. Subsequent to the Board awarding bids at monthly meetings, personnel process and propare the lease contract. They are responsible for obtaining authorized signature and the mailing of the lease to the successful bidders.

Docket and Ownership Section

The Docket and Ownership Section receives and reviews all documents of transfers of interest in state leases, such as assignments, mergers, name changes, successions, unitization agreements, compromise agreements, operating agreements, lease amendments, etc. The documents are placed on the monthly docket for approval by the State Mineral and Energy Board. The personnel verify the working interest and the correct portion of the lease being assigned and enter the changes into the ownership records in SONRIS.  

Records Management Section

The Records Management Section maintains all State Lease Files containing the lease, instruments approved by the Board, releases and correspondence. All documents are imaged or scanned so they may be viewed using the Document Access component of SONRIS. The information is also entered on the Database Access component of SONRIS. The personnel instruct customers and industry personnel how to use SONRIS.