Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

Regulatory Issues

Monitoring regulatory issues facing the oil and gas industry in Louisiana is a major function of Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. The LMOGA staff maintains working relationships with Louisiana’s regulatory agencies, including the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality, as well as several others with a direct impact on the oil and gas industry.

STATE REGULATORY AGENCIES

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is the lead state agency in the state responsible for the regulation of the oil and gas industry. The Louisiana Office of Conservation is located within the Department of Natural Resources, the Office of Conservation has day-to-day jurisdiction over the oil and gas industry.

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
This state agency is responsible for administering most environmental regulations related to the oil and gas industry, except for oilfield waste and underground injection.

Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation
This state agency is responsible for the administration of tax collections in the state including sales, severance, franchise and income.

Louisiana Tax Commission
Manages ad valorem taxation through oversight of assessors and improved ratio studies, provides assessment guidelines and other technical assistance and administers tax laws.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Manages, conserves and promotes utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fish and wildlife resources with some jurisdiction on activities affecting fisheries.

Louisiana State Police
Regulates hazardous material possession and hazardous material transportation.

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal
Regulates some construction issues and flammable storage tanks.

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
Lead agency for emergency situations, such as hurricanes.

Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, LOSCO
Coordinates response of state agencies in all matters related to spill response and prevention in Louisiana.

Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
Regulates all engineers and engineering companies in the state.

Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development – Floods Home
Responsible for activities in floodplains and floodplain management.

FEDERAL REGULATORY AGENCIES

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEMRE is an office within the U.S. Department of Interior. It is responsible for the administration of offshore leases, collection of royalties and other related items.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
Responsible for promoting safety, environmental protection and conservation of resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

U.S. Department of Energy
This is the federal agency charged with the development of the federal energy policy.

Environmental Protection Agency
This federal agency is charged with enforcement of virtually all federal environmental regulations.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
This federal agency is involved with the regulation of natural gas, pipelines and related issues.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA
Responsible for fisheries and mammal protection in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PHMSA
Interstate Pipeline Safety
Interstate Hazardous Material Transportation

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupation Safety & Health Administration, OSHA
Worker Safety

U.S. Chemical Safety Board
Reviews chemical accidents and is a recommendation agency with no actual regulatory power.

U.S. Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management
Regulates oil and gas operations on federal and Indian lands, minimal Louisiana impact.

U.S. Coast Guard
Regulates maritime operations and safety.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Regulates certain wetland activities (dredge and fill) and activities affecting levees.

FEMA
Responsible for national floodplain management requirements.

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