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decades–had contaminated their property. At last count, more than 1,500 individuals and companies have been sued for their involvement as oil and gas lessees, mineral owners, operators, nonoperating working interest owners, or for otherwise being associated with oil and gas exploration and production. Because of the inability or difficulty in proving personal injury from such contamination or pollution, these lawsuits generally allege property damage only, and seek recovery for cleanup costs and related damage claims. Although legacy suits had been filed in decades past, the amount awarded in Corbello v. Iowa Production, 850 So. 2d 686 (La. 2003) caused an exponential growth in the volume of legacy lawsuits being filed. In Corbello, land estimated to be worth $108,000 was the basis for an award totaling more than $54 million, with $33 million awarded for restoration costs. In its findings on the case, the Louisiana Supreme Court determined that the funds awarded for restoration were not required to be used for mitigation and restoration purposes. State’s Solution According to data from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the state Office of Conservation, there has been a significant resurgence of legacy site cases in the state. The data indicate 250 legacy-site cases have been filed in Louisiana. In 2010 alone, 40 new cases were filed. This is the second highest number of filings, topped only by the 41 suits filed in 2006. Following several landmark environmental cases that resulted in stunningly large damage awards with no guarantee the awards actually would be used to remediate property, the Louisiana Legislature in 2006 passed Act 312. In 2008, the state Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality. Act 312 requires: • Plaintiffs pursuing legal action must give timely notice of the litigation to the state, and the lawsuit is stayed until 30 days after notice is given. Most importantly, Act 312 allows the state to intervene in the litigation and provides a role for the Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation in determining the most feasible plan for evaluating and/or remediating any environmental damage. • In addition, the law provides that all awards for evaluating or remediating environmental damages be paid to the court, and further provides that the court

shall oversee actual implementation of the “most feasible” remediation plan. • Finally, Act 312 allows the landowner and the state to recover attorney and expert fees, as well as costs from the responsible party or parties. Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said, “Act 312 restores the balance needed between economic development and the environment. Legacy lawsuits have disrupted the balance, stilling oil and gas exploration, creating an uncertain business climate, and leaving old oil and gas sites damaged. This legislation encourages consistent environmental cleanup standards and mandates court oversight of the cleanup to ensure the environmental damages are addressed completely. Businesses operating in the state will have greater certainty regarding potential liability for environmental damage. This law will provide for an effective balance between economic development, property rights, and environmental quality.” This landmark legislation was a muchneeded first step in alleviating the egregious excesses associated with legacy lawsuits. However, the process for resolving these remediation claims and lawsuits is still being abused by a handful of plaintiffs’ attorneys, who seek to circumvent Act 312 and demand billions of dollars for unrealistic and excessive cleanup plans that dwarf plans endorsed by state experts. Resolving these cases can result in huge payouts going into the pockets of the plaintiffs’ lawyers that will not be used to remediate damaged property. FIGURE 1

Act 312 needs to be clarified to correct this problem and better protect the state’s land. Negative Impact The potential negative impact that legacy lawsuits have on future growth in Louisiana’s oil and gas sector is enormous. The number and size of the lawsuits contribute to a continuing stagnation of onshore oil and gas production and a serious decline in revenues received by the state. There are 1,545 companies and individuals that have been sued and/or named as defendants in legacy site cases. In order to demonstrate the size and scope of the negative impacts associated with these suits, all companies named in legacy litigation were cross-indexed with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ list of top crude oil producers for 2010. Among the top 50 oil producers, 28 had been named in legacy lawsuits. These 28 companies were responsible for 27.6 million of Louisiana’s total 49.1 million barrels of crude oil (56 percent) produced in 2010 (Figure 1). Simply put, one out of every two barrels of crude oil produced in Louisiana in 2010 was from a company named as a defendant in a legacy lawsuit. By doing simple math, one can conclude that these 28 companies contributed nearly $260 million in severance tax revenue to the state (27,648,414 barrels times $75.07 (the average price of oil in 2010), times 0.125 (Louisiana’s severance tax rate) equals $259,445,805).

Crude Production Affected by Legacy Lawsuits (Top 50% Producers Only)

56% Affected
(2010 Data)

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011

American Oil and Gas Reporter 12/11
Contents
Reports
Calendar
Oil & Gas Counts
State Legislative
Industry Digest
Tech Connections
Washington Watch
Keystone XL
Liaison Committee
Shale Gas Subcommittee
Endangered Species
Midstream Startups Emerging to Meet Booming Demand
Liquids Resource Plays Have Oil Production Rising Again
Organizers Anticipating Big Things for 2012 PBIOS
Cover Story
R&D Areas Key to Improving Fracturing
Natural Gas Offers Solutions as Transportation Fuel
Completion Design, Frac Modeling Optimize Eagle Ford Wells
Novel Drill-In Fluid Excels in Horizontal ERD Wells
Technologies Optimize Sand Control
Operators Must Manage Risk Before, During and After Drilling
OCS Access: BOEM Offers Business-as-Usual OCS Leasing Plan
Court Finds for Insurers in Gulf Spill Ruling
OIPA
Clean Air Act
IOGA NY
COGA
IPAA Annual
Louisiana
West Virginia
Pennsylvania
Texas
The American Well Servicing Directory, Winter 2011
Industry Focus
Classified Advertising
Advertisers Index
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Oil & Gas Counts
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Tech Connections
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Washington Watch
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Liaison Committee
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Shale Gas Subcommittee
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Endangered Species
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Midstream Startups Emerging to Meet Booming Demand
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Liquids Resource Plays Have Oil Production Rising Again
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Organizers Anticipating Big Things for 2012 PBIOS
American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Cover Story
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - R&D Areas Key to Improving Fracturing
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Natural Gas Offers Solutions as Transportation Fuel
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Completion Design, Frac Modeling Optimize Eagle Ford Wells
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Novel Drill-In Fluid Excels in Horizontal ERD Wells
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Technologies Optimize Sand Control
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Operators Must Manage Risk Before, During and After Drilling
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - OCS Access: BOEM Offers Business-as-Usual OCS Leasing Plan
American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Court Finds for Insurers in Gulf Spill Ruling
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - OIPA
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Clean Air Act
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - IOGA NY
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - COGA
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - IPAA Annual
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Louisiana
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - The American Well Servicing Directory, Winter 2011
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Industry Focus
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Classified Advertising
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