On Nov. 16, a Louisiana judge was slated to hold a preliminary hearing about the 162-mile pipeline that a privately-held fossil fuel company has already begun building across the Atchafalaya Basin and the southern part of the state. Both parties are fighting over whether the United States Constitution allows these types of companies to seize private citizen's property to install their pipelines.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to protect the environment throughout the country, including Louisiana. The agency is also responsible for creating laws and rules that companies and individuals must follow in order to prevent pollution. So, what are some of the environmental cleanup programs run by the EPA?
Most of us know what the Environmental Protection Agency is and what it does. There are some out there who aren't too sure what the EPA is responsible for in Louisiana and around the country. That's why we will take a good look at the role of the EPA in today's post.
A new law has been passed in Louisiana that is aimed at protecting pipelines. The state legislature passed the law in an effort to fight the vandalism that has been happening to pipelines across the state. The law, HB 727, designates all pipelines as critical infrastructure of the state. If someone is caught damaging pipelines, they could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Many people have heard of the Clean Water Act, but not many know exactly what it is or how it governs clean water. Understanding this law is particularly important for people who have oil or gas rights to a property. The current law, enacted in 1972, is an important one for the environment throughout the United States, not just in Louisiana. It regulates how pollutants are released into the waters of the country.
Does your property have surface rights or mineral rights? If so, it's important that you understand the difference between the two. Surface rights mean that you have the right to the enjoyment and use of property above ground. Mineral rights are the right to explore the property for the existence of gas, oil and other naturally occurring minerals in a gaseous or liquid form. If located, the property can be developed in order to produce the minerals.
Many parties are involved in or connected to the oil industry here in Louisiana. This not only includes large oil companies, but smaller operators and property owners who enter into contracts to allow their land to be used for oil drilling and exploration. For small operators and property owners, many things can impact how their involvement/connection to the oil industry ends up going for them, financially and otherwise.