How-To Guide

How to Request a 29-E Waiver on a State Lease Well

The State Mineral and Energy Board (Board) has authorized the Secretary or staff member designated by him to act on behalf of the Board to waive Office of Conservation State-wide Order 29-E spacing requirements as pertains to a state lease well, provided, a reasonable unit for the state lease well involved is formed within one hundred eighty (180) days after completion of the well.

Should you have any questions, please contact Jason Talbot at (225)342-4621 or via email at

How do I Obtain a Letter of No Objection for a 29-E Exception to Well Spacing?

Send a plat depicting your well surface and bottom hole location, a directional survey and annotated copy of the well log along with a letter explaining the situation which requires a letter of no objection to:

Geology Lands Administrator
Office of Mineral Resources
Louisiana Department of Energy and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 2827
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-2827

How do I obtain approval for an escrow agreement so that I can start producing my well?

After you submit the information referenced above, the Office of Mineral Resources will issue a letter of no objection with the requirements that:

  1. You escrow all revenue from production and deposit the revenue into an FDIC insured interest bearing account;

  2. Each month you submit a copy of the escrow account’s monthly statement to the Mineral Income Division of the Office of Mineral Resources;

  3. You form a reasonable unit within (one hundred eighty) 180 days after well completion;

  4. You disburse revenue from the escrow account on a unit basis.