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Our attorneys have demonstrable experience assisting oil and gas companies, investors, individuals, pipeline companies, and other business entities in resolving issues with federal entities including prosecuting their rights before such agencies; guiding regulatory compliance; providing government relations services at the federal, state and local levels to clients in their various interactions with regulatory bodies.

 

Our attorneys handle matters such as regulatory compliance and filing with the US Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Application for Permits to Drill; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), relative to Oil & Gas Assignments, Designations of Operators, General and Supplemental Financial Assurance; disputes related to unitization, high bids rejections, decommissioning assessment liabilities, and producibility in paying quantities with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE); Orders to pay Delay Rental or Royalties disputes with the Office of Natural Resources Revenues (ONRR); appeals before the Interior Board of Lands Appeals (IBLA) with the Office of Hearings and Appeals.

 

Our attorneys have extensive experience practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other local, state and federal regulatory agencies. We know how to guide our midstream, intrastate and interstate natural gas and oil pipeline clients through complex energy-related contracting matters and often daunting regulations, procedures, audits and enforcement actions. Additionally, we can assist shippers and customers of oil and gas pipelines and midstream companies in negotiating and structuring contracts and providing representation of their interests in FERC proceedings.

 

Our attorneys have several years of representing local, regional and international companies and advocating on their behalf before various federal agencies, from mineral rights acquisition to divestment, including environment, people and safety concerns. The Firm’s extensive oil and gas regulatory experience dovetails with its Oil & Gas Business Transactions and Operations and ensures that clients are provided well-rounded and balanced advice at all stages of their ventures (e.g. Mergers, Acquisition, Divestiture, and Finance).

 


Representative Matters

Represented various energy companies in the creation of drilling and production units across the State of Louisiana, including the establishment of reservoir wide units and secondary recovery projects, along with obtaining approval of alternate unit wells and cross unit alternate unit wells.

 

From 1978 to 2001, performed all of the legal services required by the Operator of the Dolet Hills Lignite Mine. The Dolet Hills Mine is Louisiana’s first commercial lignite surface mine, encompassing over 30,000 acres in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Mr. Murchison also handled all regulatory matters for the Mine with the Louisiana Office of Conservation, including the revision of the LOC’s mining regulations in 1986 and all matters related to the maintenance of lignite leases under which mining operations were conducted.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in its successful application to the Louisiana Office of Conservation (“LOC”) to change the previously approved “unit operator” of a 640 acre “Haynesville Shale” natural gas drilling and production unit situated in Northwest Louisiana.

 

Represented various operators before the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board on royalty disputes, lease extensions, and operating agreement negotiations. 

 

Represented natural gas storage operator in Louisiana Office of Conservation Proceedings relating to production of storage gas by adjacent operators. 

 

Represent intrastate pipeline companies before the Office of Conservation – Pipeline Division in various administrative hearings on acquisition, operation, and abandonment of pipelines. Frequently consult with Pipeline Division on behalf of intrastate pipeline companies on Louisiana regulations.

 

Represented oilfield service companies before Public Service Commission on applications to transport non-hazardous oilfield waste.

 

Represented nationwide pipeline operator in application with Louisiana Department of Natural Resources – Office of Coastal Management on coastal use permit for construction of a pipeline.

 

Represented clients before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in response to significant enforcement actions including matters relating to air, water, solid waste, and hazardous waste.

 

Represented oil and gas industry clients before various local governmental entities in the negotiation of acceptable ordinances and regulations including pipeline right-of-way and construction permit agreements, noise ordinances, and road repair ordinances.

 

Successfully represented a large natural gas producer in negotiations with the State of Louisiana after a State audit challenging deduction of gathering fees from state royalties under the terms of certain state leases.

Awards

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Commercial Litigation, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Commercial Litigation, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Energy Law, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Oil & Gas Law, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Arbitration, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Top Listed City Awards, having 6 lawyers in Shreveport listed for Energy Law, 2020

Malcolm S. Murchison named the Best Lawyers© 2020 Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Shreveport

Joseph L. Shea, Jr. named the Best Lawyers© 2020 Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Shreveport

David R. Taggart named the Best Lawyers© 2020 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”

Bradley Murchison ranked as a leading law firm by Chambers USA in Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2013 – Present


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