Office of Mineral Resources

The Office of Mineral Resources was established to manage the state’s mineral assets in granting and administering leases on state-owned lands and water bottoms for developing and producing, primarily oil and gas, as a means of revenue in the form of royalties, bonuses, and rentals to the state’s general fund.

OMR’s Assistant Secretary also serves as the Secretary of the Louisiana Mineral and Energy Board. OMR staff consists of professionals such as Landmen, GIS specialists, Geologists, Engineers, Accountants, Auditors and administrative personnel that assist with the Board’s operations and responsibilities while providing technical advice and expertise for the Board’s monthly meetings and oil and gas lease sales.

 

Divisions

The responsibilities of the Office of Mineral Resources are spread out over three divisions.

The Executive Division manages overall office operations including budget, personnel, professional service contracts, and purchasing.

The Geology, Engineering & Lands Division provides the State Mineral and 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 and 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 also issues non-exclusive seismic permits for surveys over state-owned lands and water bottoms.

The Mineral Income Division performs collection and accounting of revenue due the state from mineral leasing activity and production on state-owned lands and water bottoms on behalf of the State Mineral and Energy Board.  The division also audits revenue due the state from mineral leasing activity and production on state-owned lands and water bottoms.