Oil & Natural Gas Projects
Exploration and Production Technologies
Building Partnerships with Results: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
This project was awarded under DOE solicitation DE-PS26-00FT40759.
The goal was to expand a variety of ongoing environment-related projects with
the oil and gas producing States, including technical and training assistance,
regulatory streamlining, data management standardization, and dialogue on regional
oil and gas issues.
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)
Oklahoma City, OK
Tasks accomplished during the project include:
- Database standardization. This calls for improving uniformity within State
oil and gas data management efforts.
- Training. This entails conducting environmental compliance workshops and
related educational projects on natural gas and oil exploration and production.
- Appalachian-Illinois Basin Directors. This helps better regulatory efficiency
through partnering opportunities provided by the Appalachian-Illinois Basin
- Regulatory streamlining. This supports IOGCC's regulatory streamlining efforts,
including the identification and elimination of unnecessary duplication of
effort between State and Federal programs dealing with exploration and production
on public lands and the need to enhance and regionalize regulatory coordination
and cooperation among the States.
- North American Coastal Alliance. This puts States and Canadian provinces
that have offshore petroleum exploration and production in a regulatory sharing
alliance to identify areas of concern that may be incorporated into standard
practices for offshore environmental and regulatory compliance.
- Environmental and Technical Assistance. This promotes the development and
implementation of risk-based environmental regulation at the State level through
an expertise-sharing program that brings stakeholders together to develop
guidelines and models to meet regulatory challenges.
- Toxics Release Inventory. This calls for coordinating with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that adequate information is available to
the public regarding oil and gas exploration and production operations consistent
with the intent of "community right-to-know" programs.
- Public Education and Outreach. This demonstrates leadership in educating
the consuming public about the exploration, extraction, and refining of petroleum;
the economic value of domestic petroleum and its byproducts; conservation
measures and their benefits; and other topics designed to assist the American
public in gaining understanding of the importance of and defining a true picture
of domestic resources.
Recent regulatory streamlining efforts have been addressed by IOGCC in reference
to the transfer of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) regulatory action on
public lands to the States. Progress has been slow; however, IOGCC expects a
successful and satisfactory conclusion. Funding received under this portion
of the grant will continue work begun on this project to bring the BLM-to-State
transfer process to a successful and satisfactory conclusion.
Much of the value that State regulators derive from membership in the IOGCC
comes from the opportunities for formal and one-on-one interaction among regulators
from oil and gas producing States, along with governors, Federal regulators,
and industry representatives. These cooperative opportunities to share strategies,
information, and concerns about emerging regulatory issues are uniquely time-
and cost-effective for participants and are very beneficial to the States' stakeholders.
Environmental issues are at the forefront of today's petroleum exploration and
production (E&P) industry. States are constantly faced with new and emerging
regulatory challenges on environmental issues, and IOGCC has identified environmental
issues as a high-priority area through its Strategic Plan.
Pilot projects were recently introduced in two States using hand-held personal
computers to prepare oil and gas inspectors' forms. The inspectors complete
the form on a hand-held Palm computer while in the field, and when they return
to the office, the information is transferred electronically to the main computer
system. This saves the agency the step of inputting the information into the
main computer system. It also creates a more accurate and readily available
Another project under the area of data gathering is a work group consisting
of State statisticians that work on oil and gas-related issues. They have met
annually for the last few years to share information on their own States' oil
and gas statistical work and to assist each other in improving and updating
their oil and gas statistical information.
Other projects funded by this portion of the grant include continuous update
of the IOGCC web page that assists oil and gas regulatory agencies and industry,
as well as other Internet users throughout the world, in obtaining the most
up-to-date information on energy issues.
Annually, a survey is sent to State oil and gas directors, requesting their
input as to the type of training programs they need for their States. From the
results of the survey, training programs are created by IOGCC staff or obtained
from other sources as requested.
In 1996, EPA proposed new rules that would significantly expand the reporting
requirements under the Federal toxic release inventory (TRI) program, which
would have included the upstream petroleum industry. IOGCC compiled and delivered
a report to EPA that identified information available to the public through
State resources. The TRI subcommittee will continue a dialogue with EPA, monitor
their information, and provide them with additional data as needed to realistically
solve the rulemaking issue for the petroleum industry, as well as for EPA and
The States have worked over the years with the Federal government to collaborate
in eliminating regulatory overkill and for greater coordination and flexibility.
IOGCC has tried to coordinate State and Federal regulatory actions that govern
exploration and production of petroleum resources on public lands.
Building partnerships with nationally recognized environmental organizations,
other organizations, and individuals has been a priority and will continue to
be. Stakeholders are brought together to understand and resolve environmental
issues and will continue on that path. Publication of new books relating to
environmental subjects, as well as revised editions of out-of-date books, will
continue to be projects addressed by IOGCC workgroups, subcommittees, consultants,
The Appalachian-Illinois Basin Directors is a group devoted to increasing communications
among the State oil and gas regulatory agencies within the Appalachian and Illinois
basins producing region. They meet to discuss regulatory issues common to the
region, and they identify areas for workshops and seminars to meet the training
needs of their agencies. The emphasis of the coordinated work is a wide range
of topics relating to environmental compliance for natural gas and oil exploration
Recently, the North American Coastal Alliance held a meeting and a field trip
that contained both offshore and onshore components. The members visited an
offshore drilling rig and production platform and a hydraulic fracturing site.
At the meeting, participants discussed continued development and updates of
the coastal regulatory location to be included on the IOGCC website.
Current Status (October 2005)
The project is completed.
Project Start: January 24, 2001
Project End: July 23, 2004
Anticipated DOE Contribution: $1,574,788
Performer Contribution: $926,940 (41% of total)
NETL - David Alleman (email@example.com or 918-699-2057)
IOGCC - Christine Hansen (Christine.hansen@iogcc.State.ok or 405-525-3556)
Logo for the 37-state member Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.