Oyster Lease Damage Evaluation Board

Upcoming Meetings  


General Meeting

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM

Division of Administration Law

1020 Florida Blvd.

Baton Rouge, LA


The Oyster Lease Damage Evaluation Board (OLDEB) was created to address conflicts between mineral owners and oyster leaseholders "to effect an equitable solution ... which will result in fair and predictable treatment to the oil and gas industry while assuring the oyster fishermen actual compensation for damages to their oyster beds due to mineral activities" (LA. R.S. 56:700.10).

By law, the process may begin with a preliminary request for arbitration submitted by either the mineral owner or leaseholder. The process is to be completed ninety (90) days after the mineral project is completed and a final request for arbitration has been received by the Board. Submitting a case into arbitration does not forfeit either party's right to seek a judicial resolution; however, the existence and purpose of the Board is to expedite the claims process for the common benefit of both industries.

Statutes, Regulations, & Forms
Certified Biologists
Additional Resources

Board Members and DNR Contacts

Chairman of the Board  

Charles Perrault
Administrative Law Judge
Division of Administrative Law
P. O. Box 94396
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Office: 225.342.1800
Fax: 225.342.1812 

Bryan J. Hanks
BETA Land Services, LLC
101 W. Farrel Road, Bldg. 2
Lafayette, LA 70508
Office: 337.371.3601
Fax: 337.371.3650


Ralph V. Pausina
1339 Carrollton Avenue
Metairie, LA 70005-1860
Office: 504.831.0176
Fax: 504.833.9632

Matthew N. Slavich
Slavich Seafood, LLC
30319 Highway 23
Buras, LA 70041
Office: 504.884.0013
Fax: 504.564.6660

Timothy J. Allen, PLS 
Apache Louisiana Minerals LLC
P.O. Box 206
Houma, LA 70361
Office: 985.879.3528 Ext 8719



Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Angel Covington
Office of Coastal Management
617 North Third Street, 10th Floor, Suite 1078
P.O. Box 44487
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4487
Office: 225.342.7591