Louisiana Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Confidentiality claims: Louisiana Revised Statutes (LRS) 30:2030 and regulations at Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:I.501 to 33:I.511

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Definitions: LAC 33:I.503

Requests for confidentiality: LAC 33:I.503

Exclusions: LAC 33:I.503(E)

Agency determination: LAC 33:I.505

Information access: LAC 33:I.507

Release of records: LAC 33:I.509

Enforcement: LAC 33:I.511

Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) program: LAC 33:IX.6503

Hydraulic fracturing: LAC 43:XIX.118

Regulatory Agencies

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Conservation

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) provides mechanisms for keeping confidential, sensitive information submitted as part of a permit application or monitoring report. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requires disclosure of chemical ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing.

Administration and enforcement. The various divisions of the DEQ are responsible for the administration of the state's rules for keeping proprietary information confidential. DNR's Office of Conservation administers and enforces the states oil and gas regulations, including hydraulic fracturing rules.

State Requirements


LAC 33:I.501 to 33:I.511

Information submitted under any of the state's environmental rules may be claimed as confidential, provided it is clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL" and is submitted with a written request for confidentiality. At the discretion of the DEQ, the information will ...

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