Apache Corp. claims that it has fulfilled its obligation under settlement agreement

By Hoang Tran | Feb 1, 2016

LAFAYETTE – A Houston corporation claims that it has performed all its obligations under a settlement agreement with Belle Isle.

Apache Corp. filed a declaratory judgment Jan. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Louisiana, Lafayette Division against Belle Isle LLC claiming that it has fulfilled its duty in a settlement case and has not breached the settlement contract.

On Feb. 14, 2013, a settlement agreement was allegedly entered between the parties over disputes of property damage allegedly caused by Apache. Under the agreement, Apache agreed to pay Belle Isles monetary compensation, perform remediation, clean up of debris and equipment, and plug up wells it created, the suit states. Apache asserts that it has done its duty under the settlement agreement. However, Apache says that Belle Isle issued a letter dated Dec. 7, claiming that plaintiff was “delinquent and in breach” of the plugging and abandonment of wells to which it was obligated. Apache claims that it entered into mediation on Jan. 25 to attempt to resolve the dispute, but no agreement was reached. Apache asserts that Belle Isle continues to accuse it of delinquency.

Apache requests the court to declare that it has not breached its contract with Belle Isle, award it costs and expenses of the suit, and any other reward deemed just. It is represented by Douglas C. Longman Jr., Gary J. Russo and Carmen M. Rodriguez from the offices of Jones Walker LLP in Lafayette.

U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Louisiana, Lafayette Division Case number 6:16-cv-00111-RGJ-CBW

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