Office of Mineral Resources (OMR)

The Office of Mineral Resources is one of the largest receivers of state revenues. The office receives revenues from royalties, bonuses, rentals, interest, and fees for leases on state-owned lands and water bottoms. Revenues from these sources comprise approximately 15% of the state general fund. In addition to the general fund, revenues collected also provide major sources of funding for parish governments, school boards, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and the Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

Contact OMR

Physical Address:
Mailing Address:


Department of Natural Resources
Office of Mineral Resources

617 North Third Street
LaSalle Building, 8th Floor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Phone 225.342.4615

Fax 225.342.4527

Department of Natural Resources
Office of Mineral Resources

P.O. Box 2827
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-2827

 

Announcements  

PROPOSED NEW LEASE FORM (REVISED)


AUGUST 2, 2016

Our website has now been updated to include Staff’s recommended revisions to the following Articles of the Proposed New Lease Form:

          Definitions (Restoration has been removed)
          Article 3 (C)
          Article 4 (D)
          Article 5 (E)
          Article 6 (C)
          Article 9 (A) & (B)
          Article 10 (A) & (B)
          Article 15 (B)
          Article 18 (D) & (E)
          Article 19 (A) (B) (C) (D) & (F)

For convenience, all changes are indicated with highlights and strike-outs in these Articles. The revised Proposed New Lease Form can be accessed by using the following link: 

PROPOSED NEW LEASE FORM

Staff would like to invite interested parties to submit comments to these proposed changes. Comments should be received by Staff by August 31, 2016 and should be directed to suzanne.hyatt@la.gov. Staff would also like to once again thank the public for their participation in creating a new form that will be beneficial to all.


UNREGISTERED LEASEHOLDERS AS OF MAY 18, 2016

La. R.S. 30:123.1(B) requires current leaseholders to register with the Office of Mineral Resources each year, no later than January 31st. Please use the links below to access information regarding registration. 

List of Unregistered Leaseholders 

List of Registered Prospective Leaseholders

Registration Instructions

Registration Form 

 


 

FORCE MAJEURE

May 1, 2016

 

 

Download: Force Majuere Memorandum - May 2016

How to Report Force Majeure Online 
CLICK HERE

 


NOTICE TO ROYALTY PAYORS

Resolution #15-08-012 was adopted by the State Mineral and Energy Board at its August 12, 2015 meeting. This Resolution affirms that upon satisfaction of all requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act, OMR Staff is directed to commence assessing to Payors a fee of Sixty-Five ($65.00) Dollars per hour to recoup the costs incurred by OMR for processing requests for reimbursement of overpayments of royalties. This Resolution is effective on all requests for a recoupment received after October 1, 2015.
Click here to view a copy of the resolution.

Resolution #15-08-013 was adopted by the State Mineral and Energy Board at its August 12, 2015 meeting. This Resolution affirms that the OMR Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary be and are hereby authorized to evaluate and process penalty waiver requests for penalties assessed pursuant to La. R.S 30:136.B(2) and La. R.S 30:136.B(3) in amounts up to Twenty-Five Thousand ($25,000.00) Dollars. This Resolution is effective as of October 1, 2015.
Click here to view a copy of the resolution.


Resolution #15-08-014 was adopted by the State Mineral and Energy Board at its August 12, 2015 meeting. This Resolution affirms that the OMR Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary process penalty waiver requests for penalties assessed pursuant to La. R.S 30:136.B(2) in accordance with the set protocol.This resolution is effective as of October 1, 2015.
Click here to view a copy of the resolution.

 

 


 

NOTICES REGARDING ASSIGNMENTS

Proposed new Form A, entitled Acknowledgment and Estoppel Certification, recently noticed for public comment, is currently under revision and later will be posted for further comment. 

Similarly, Form D, entitled Designation of Joint Account Lessee, implemented by the State Mineral and Energy Board at its meeting on September 9, 2015, is under revision based upon concerns raised by industry representatives.  For this reason, this form need not currently be included in any request for approval of an assignment or other transfer of interest in a State Lease.

 

Form B (Statement of Conveyance) and Form C (Certification of Bankruptcy Status) still must be submitted for consideration by the Board with any request for approval of an assignment or other transfer. 

 

Click here to view the Form B – Statement of Conveyance

Click here to view the Form C – Certification of Bankruptcy Status

 

Resolution #15-07-052 was adopted by the State Mineral and Energy Board at its July 8, 2015 meeting. This Resolution applies to the fee authorized by La. R.S. 30:128 in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for reviewing, researching, and processing requested transfers and assignments of Leases of minerals or mineral rights owned by the State. This fee will be applied to each Lease for which an interest is requested to be transferred or assigned. This Resolution is effective as of July 8, 2015. Click here to view a copy of the resolution

This is a change from the fee assessment of $100.00 for each individual document of conveyance, regardless of the number of Leases to which the document may apply, to a fee of $100.00 for each Lease within an individual document of conveyance for which a transfer or assignment is requested.

 


 

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Effective August 1, 2015, Act 362 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session changed the oil and gas regulatory fund fee from $5.00 to $15.00. The $15 fee for the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Fund remains unchanged. Therefore, the $20 per acre fee will now be $30 per acre. A separate check in this amount made payable to the Office of Mineral Resources shall accompany the original bid (inside the sealed bid envelope).

 


LIGNITE LEASE FORM

The new Lignite or Coal Mining Lease form was adopted by The State Mineral and Energy Board on September 9, 2015.
Click here to view the Lignite or Coal Mining Lease Form

The State Mineral and Energy Board is considering a proposed new mineral lease form for lignite. A draft of the full text of the proposed lease form may be accessed by clicking here

 

 

Important Information for Bidders: View hereAdobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF)

 

Criteria for Waiver of Liquidated Damages for the Late Release of a State Mineral LeaseAdobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF)

Royalty Adjustments Resolution effective 7/14/2010