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Oyster Lease Damage Evaluation Board

Introduction 

The Oyster Lease Damage Evaluation Board (OLDEB) was created to address conflicts between mineral owners and oyster leaseholders "to effect an equitable solution ... which will result in fair and predictable treatment to the oil and gas industry while assuring the oyster fishermen actual compensation for damages to their oyster beds due to mineral activities" (LA. R.S. 56:700.10).

By law, the process may begin with a preliminary request for arbitration submitted by either the mineral owner or leaseholder. The process is to be completed ninety (90) days after the mineral project is completed and a final request for arbitration has been received by the Board. Submitting a case into arbitration does not forfeit either party's right to seek a judicial resolution; however, the existence and purpose of the Board is to expedite the claims process for the common benefit of both industries.

Statutes, Regulations, & Forms
Certified Biologists
Additional Resources

Board Members and DNR Contacts

   
Chairman of the Board  

Charles Perrault
Administrative Law Judge
Division of Administrative Law
P. O. Box 94396
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Office: 225.342.1800
Fax: 225.342.1812 

Don Briggs
President
Louisiana Oil & Gas Assn.
P.O. Box 4069
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Office: 800.443.1433
Fax: 225.388.9561

   

Ralph V. Pausina
1339 Carrollton Avenue
Metairie, LA 70005-1860
Office: 504.831.0176
Fax: 504.833.9632

Matthew N. Slavich
Slavich Seafood, LLC
30319 Highway 23
Buras, LA 70041
Office: 504.884.0013
Fax: 504.564.6660

Phil Precht
ConocoPhillips Company
Real Estate Services
806 Bayou Black Drive
Houma, LA 70360
Office: 985.853.3010
Fax: 985.872.1509

 

 


Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
 

Phyllis Ortego
Office of Coastal Management
617 North Third Street, 10th Floor
P.O. Box 44487
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4487
Office: 225.342.3583
Fax: 225.342.9439