OFFICE OF MINERAL RESOURCES (OMR)

SPECIAL NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Notice Regarding the State Mineral and Energy Board Meeting and Lease Sale for June 12, 2024

The State Mineral and Energy Board will hold it's June 12, 2024 Board Meeting and Lease Sale at the LaSalle Office Building, LaBelle Hearing Room, 1st floor. The opening of bids will begin at 8:30 A.M. and the Board Meeting will commence at 9:30 A.M.

The Board Meeting and Lease Sale Agenda will be posted here when available.

Further information about the Board Meeting and Lease Sale can be found here.

Final Carbon Capture Sequestration and Wind Energy Operating Agreements

CS01A Operating Agreement - Air Products Blue Energy

CS01B Operating Agreement - Air Products Blue Energy

CS01C Operating Agreement - Air Products Blue Energy

CS02A Operating Agreement - Capio Sequestration

CS02B Operating Agreement - Capio Sequestration

CS003 Operating Agreement - Venture Global CCS Plaquemines, LLC

CS004 Operating Agreement - Venture Global CCS Cameron, LLC

CS05A Operating Agreement - High West Sequestration, LLC

CS05B Operating Agreement - High West Sequestration, LLC

CS05C Operating Agreement - High West Sequestration, LLC

CS006 Operating Agreement - Castex Carbon Solutions, LLC

WE001 Operating Agreement - Cajun Wind, LLC

WE002 Operating Agreement - DOW LA Gulf Wind, LLC

Carbon Sequestration Agreement Template

 

 MORE INFORMATION REGARDING CARBON CAPTURE SEQUESTRATION AND WIND ENERGY AGREEMENTS

 Special Notice Regarding Data Storage Requirement Changes  

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Office of Mineral Resources will no longer accept Compact Discs (CD's) for Nomination or Bid packets, Releases or any other instrument that would require data storage. A Thumb Drive will be the new required data storage practice. If you would like your Thumb Drive returned to you after it is processed, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the Nomination or Bid packet and it will be mailed back. Any questions regarding this new procedure may be directed to the Petroleum Lands Director, Greg Roberts at (225) 342-1080.

 Registration Reminder for all Applicants, Prospective and

Current Leaseholders of a State Mineral Lease

Anyone wanting to submit an application to nominate state owned lands or waterbottoms for mineral leasing or to submit a bid for a mineral lease, exclusive geophysical agreement, or wind lease given by the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board is required to register, and renew registration annually, with the Department of Energy and Natural Resources' Office of Mineral Resources (OMR) prior to submitting an application or bid.  In accordance with LA Statute 30:123.1, all current and prospective leaseholders of the Office of Minerals must be registered and update their information each year during the month of January. Failure to register shall subject a required party to a penalty of $100 per day from January 31 until the date of registration. Please contact Angie Patterson at (225) 342-4519 or angela.patterson@la.gov for questions concerning registration.  

Information and Registration Form

OMR Announces Acreage Returned To Commerce May 20, 2024

The Office of Mineral Resources announced 1,975.536 acres have been released and returned back to commerce. This acreage is located in Evangeline, Lafourche, Plaquemines and Terrebonne Parishes and is now available for leasing by the public.
Please use the following link for more information:

LATEST RELEASE LIST

FORCE MAJEURE - May 1, 2024 

Download: Force Majeure Memorandum - May 1, 2024 

Download: Force Majeure Affidavit - May 1, 2024

How to Report Force Majeure Online 

MAY 1, 2024        For Informational Purposes -- No Action Is Required At This Time

Memorandum Regarding Force Majeure To State Lease Operators

The Office of Mineral Resources (OMR) wishes to remind our lessees that the 2024 Hurricane Season begins June 1st.  Please take a moment to review the State Mineral and Energy Board’s (Board) Force Majeure Policy and OMR’s “How-To” guide for reporting force majeure events, which are both accessible on the Department of Energy and Natural Resources website. Please note:  

  1. The Board requires lessees to report force majeure conditions that result in the shutting-in of state leases.
  2. The Board requires lessees to report force majeure condition in a timely manner, which is before the lease would normally expire under its own terms.
  3. Lessees must maintain state leases under their operative payment provisions (i.e., rental, shut-in, deferred development, etc.) when possible. Force majeure status is available only when triggered by the circumstances delineated in the lease and/or the Board’s Policy.
  4. All new requests for force majeure recognition should be submitted using the online force majeure reporting system. Lessees who are unable to connect to the reporting system should complete the Excel spreadsheet and forward it to the Office of Mineral Resources by e-mail.
  5. Upon receipt of a report, the OMR staff will request additional information and/or provide instruction.
  6. All state leases that do not include force majeure language may need to be amended to include the current force majeure language.

Finally, we encourage all lessees to review and update their hurricane preparedness and emergency evacuation plans and verify emergency contact information of employees, support services, and government representatives.

If you have any questions concerning force majeure, please do not hesitate to contact Peyton Landry directly at (225) 342-9125 or by email at Peyton.Landry@la.gov.            

Andrew B. Young
Assistant Secretary
Office of Mineral Resources
Department of Energy and Natural Resources

Notice Regarding the Royalty Reduction Program

The Royalty Reduction Program that was adopted by the State Mineral and Energy Board at its July 10, 2019 meeting and effective beginning with the leases granted at the December 2019 Lease Sale, has been amended and extended for leases granted through 2022. Resolutions regarding the Royalty Reduction Program are below.

 

New 2019 State Lease Form

The Office of Mineral Resources is pleased to announce that the State Mineral and Energy Board approved a new State Lease Form at the October 9, 2019 Board Meeting.  The new Lease Form will apply to all leases awarded beginning with the December 2019 Lease Sale.

STATE MINERAL LEASE FORM HISTORY
History of the State Mineral Lease Form and a Discussion of the Proposed New Draft by Jamie S. Manuel
Presented at the 66th Mineral Law Institute Conference held on March 15, 2019

 LEASING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN LOUISIANA 

September 7, 2018

The Office of Mineral Resources encourages prospective oil and gas companies and industry to review the information provided below regarding leasing opportunities available in Louisiana: 

NORTH LAKE RACCOURCI FIELD

SOUTH TIMBALIER BLOCK 8 FIELD

RABBIT ISLAND FIELD

RESURGENCE IN AUSTIN CHALK PLAY 


RESURGENCE IN AUSTIN CHALK PLAY

March 19, 2018

The Austin Chalk play in Louisiana has experienced a resurgence in drilling activity. The Office of Mineral Resources encourages prospective oil and gas companies and industry to review the information provided below: 

RESURGENCE IN AUSTIN CHALK PLAY MAIN PAGE

Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) RESURGENCE IN AUSTIN CHALK PLAY REPORT

Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) AUSTIN CHALK ACTIVITY MAP

 


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 Dollars ($65.00) 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.

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 Dollars ($25,000.00).  This Resolution is effective as of October 1, 2015.

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. 


NOTICES REGARDING ASSIGNMENTS

Proposed new Form A, entitled "Acknowledgment and Estoppel Certification", recently noticed for public comment, is currently under revision and  will be posted later 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) must still be submitted for consideration by the State Mineral and Energy Board with all requests for approval of an assignment or other transfer. 


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. 

This is a change from the fee assessment of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each individual document of conveyance, regardless of the number of Leases to which the document may apply, to a fee of one hundred dollars ($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.

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 BiddersAdobe 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