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Bradley Murchison lawyers work closely with all related Louisiana governmental entities including the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (the Office of Conservation, the State Mineral and Energy Board, the Office of Coastal Restoration and Management), the Public Service Commission, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in the representation of clients across the energy spectrum in regulatory consultation and compliance.

 

Our lawyers consult closely with our clients and state regulators to provide efficient solutions to the challenges posed by complex energy projects in the State. Our lawyers’ intimate knowledge of State regulations and the practical aspects of State regulatory practice allow our clients to navigate the State regulatory world with confidence. The breadth of experience of our attorneys allows us to cover the regulatory perspective of an energy project from cradle to grave.

 

Our past governmental experience, extensive relationships in State government, and proximity to State regulators allows us to provide knowledgeable and expedient service to our clients. Our lawyers’ intimate knowledge of State regulations and the practical aspects of State regulatory practice allow our clients to navigate the State regulatory world with confidence. These attorneys have past experience working for the State agencies before which we represent our clients. These past relationships have proven extremely valuable in providing effective service for our clients.

 

Our attorneys have achieved notable successes within this industry, including successful representation of a natural gas storage operator in Louisiana Office of Conservation Proceedings relating to production of storage gas by adjacent operators, obtaining orders to test production wells and shut-in wells based upon testing results. Our attorneys have also represented an independent exploration and production company in the dissolution of several geographic drilling and production units and the reformation of said units as a reservoir-wide unit in a secondary recovery project, including the drafting and negotiating of reservoir-wide unit agreement.  In addition, on behalf of a lignite mine operator, our attorneys successfully negotiated an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation that resulted in the determination that lignite coal produced from the Dolet Hills Mine is not subject to the Louisiana sales and use tax, resulting in fuel cost savings in excess of $2,500,000 per year for the Dolet Hills Power Plant.


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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