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Oil And Gas Transactions

Louisiana’s Civil Law tradition and its “capture” theory of fugacious mineral ownership have led to the development of unique mineral laws significantly different from the mineral laws of other states. Louisiana’s atypical concepts of mineral ownership and mineral rights, embodied in the Mineral Code and historic case law, can be a trap for the unwary when negotiating a mineral contract or transaction. A thorough knowledge of Louisiana’s mineral laws is essential to achieve the desired result, and negotiating oil and gas transactions and agreements without knowledgeable and experienced Louisiana mineral law counsel can spell disaster.

Our experienced mineral law attorneys in Lake Charles at Scofield, Gerard, Pohorelsky, Gallaugher & Landry can help you avoid many traps and pitfalls that may easily result if agreements or transactions are negotiated without a proper understanding of the underlying laws and concepts governing mineral operations and activities in Louisiana.

Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating and drafting:

  • Mineral leases
  • Joint operating agreements
  • Surface leases
  • Seismic permits
  • Pipeline right-of-ways

We have represented numerous landowners, pipeline companies and exploration companies, and we are therefore aware of the most pressing concerns for all sides to the transaction. This experience gives us an unparalleled perspective, which is advantageous to our clients.

If you have questions and would like to speak with our skilled oil and gas lawyers during a consultation, call 337-433-9436, or use our contact form to provide more information and schedule an appointment.