OFFICE OF MINERAL RESOURCES
STATE MINERAL AND ENERGY BOARD
Agenda and Reports
December 9, 2020
Virtual State Mineral
and Energy Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 via Zoom at 9:15 am
Please be advised that because it is prudent and necessary in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme risk of person-to-person transmission and in order to establish a quorum and allow for public participation, all in accordance with Governor John Bel Edwards’ Proclamations during this pandemic, the State Mineral and Energy Board (Board) will hold its December 9, 2020 Board Meeting virtually.
The meeting’s agenda can be accessed here. The Board will utilize the online platform Zoom for Board Member and public participation and to live-stream the Board Meeting publicly. Public comments will be accepted during the live-stream of this meeting.
To submit a comment, please use the chat feature at the bottom of the web page or when the Chairman of the Board requests public comments, please verbally request to speak, state your name, and wait to be recognized by the Chairman. Written comments will be read aloud during the comment period for the applicable agenda item.
The live-stream information for this meeting will be available here beginning at 9:00 am on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
To view the State Mineral and Energy Board’s certification to hold a video conference meeting, click here. For questions regarding the virtual Board Meeting, please e-mail Byron Miller at Byron.Miller@la.gov.
Note: The meeting’s agenda, certification and the on-line location for the streaming video of this meeting will be added to this notice once finalized.
State Mineral and Energy Board Meeting
Zoom App Participation Instructions
- To comment or present to the Board during open session, please use the app’s feature to raise your hand. Your request will be acknowledged and the Chairman will be alerted.
- All microphones must remain muted during the meeting unless acknowledged by the Chairman to make comments in accordance with the request procedure above.
- A private message may be transmitted to the host through the app’s chat link; however, please limit these messages to urgent messages only.
- Please remember to be considerate of all attendees and members of the Board during this meeting or action will be taken to end participation of those not adhering to this practice.
At the Special State Mineral and Energy Board Meeting
held on April 29, 2020, the Board granted the following
resolutions regarding COVID19 relief to Lessees:
OFFICE OF MINERAL RESOURCES
Tract and Nomination Report
Tract and Nomination Report members work closely with staff from the Leasing Section of the Geology and Land Division to evaluate nominations for state mineral leasing.
Each month, members receive a Tract Evaluation Report and a map from Leasing Section staff with the total number, category and location of nominations received by staff for future state lease sales. Leasing Section staff determines and recommends to the composite State Mineral and Energy Board whether or not to advertise such tracts for mineral lease sale and, after advertisement, reviews any letters of protest received as to the offering of the advertised tracts for mineral lease. Proposed tract withdrawal recommendations are reviewed by the staff, as well as any other business concerning tracts nominated for mineral leasing.
Lease Review Report
Lease Review Report members work closely with staff from the Tract Evaluation and Lease Development Section and Lease Maintenance Section of the Geology and Land Division. They review oil and gas activity on state mineral leases to ensure that lessees are prudently developing and producing them and are in full compliance with the terms and conditions.
Staff monitors oil and gas activity on state mineral leases daily. District geologists, operating pursuant to State Mineral and Energy Board (Board) guidelines, work with lease maintenance personnel in reviewing every state mineral lease at least once a year; analyzing lease production, lease operations, operator plans of development, local geology and surrounding oil and gas activity.
Each month, Board members receive a Fact Finding Booklet from staff containing a plat, lease data, and correspondence from lessees for each lease reviewed, along with staff recommendations. This recommendation to the Board may be whether operators of a lease should further develop a lease, appear before the Board, receive additional time to develop the lease, or release acreage back to the State instead of development.
Audit Report members work closely with staff from the Mineral Income Division, especially the Audit Director, to ensure timely and accurate payment of revenue from oil and gas leasing activities and production.
Staff members closely monitor mineral income to the State utilizing computerized records, prepare and transmit invoices for late royalty payment interest and penalties, and perform audits and transmit billing letters as necessary. Division staff inform and make recommendations to the State Mineral and Energy Board as to lessee requests for payment plans, penalty waivers and recoupments, as well as placing lessees on demand for royalty nonpayment or underpayment. The Audit Report members and the Board review the information and decide on a course of action.
Legal and Title Controversy Report
The Legal and Title Controversy Report members work closely with the Petroleum Lands Director of the Petroleum Lands Section to investigate, review and present recommendations on legal issues concerning title to state mineral acreage, mineral lease maintenance, and operations.
The Petroleum Lands Director, with staff's support, compiles and transmits information and recommendations on a monthly basis to Board Members on legal matters as varied as lease amendments, late assignment penalties, force majeure notice, late release penalties, operation agreement formation and amendments, consent letters, escrowing funds pending unit formation, certain geophysical permit matters, title disputes and royalty disputes giving rise to legal proceedings, pending litigation, and compromise/settlement offers and agreements. Other OMR staff members provide input and recommendations as needed and after review, the Legal and Title Controversy Report staff presents the recommendations to the Board for resolution by agreement or by instituting suit.
The Attorney General and the General Counsel of the Department of Natural Resources advise the State Mineral and Energy Board, as well as private counsel retained by the Board as needed. When the Board is named as a party in a lawsuit, authority to compromise or settle the lawsuit is secured from the Board.
Docket Review Report
Docket Review Report members work closely with staff from the Docket Section of the Petroleum Lands Section, as well as the Petroleum Lands Director, to review items submitted for State Mineral and Energy Board (Board) consideration.
Docket Section staff receive numerous items for the Board's consideration at its monthly meetings including, but not limited to, unitization agreements, amendments of unitization agreements, lease amendments, compromise and settlement agreements, consent letters, operating agreements, amendments of operating agreements, designations of participating areas, acts of correction of state leases, deferred gas production agreements, amendments of deferred gas production agreements, reinstatements and amendments of unitization agreements, confirmations and re-establishments of unitization agreements, unit production sharing agreements, pooling and unitization agreements, requests for approval of state agency mineral leases, and transfers of interests (assignments).
Other OMR staff members, in addition to Docket Section staff, provide evaluation and recommendations as needed and the monthly docket is finalized for presentation by the Petroleum Lands Director to the Board for action.