The goal of this project is to provide assistance to the State governments in the effective regulation of the exploration and production of domestic onshore and offshore natural gas and oil.
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Oklahoma City, OK
IOGCC has been a partner with DOE on a great many projects. These two entities share many common goals. Two principal IOGCC foci are conservation and environmental protection—goals shared by DOE.
In the United States, each State develops a regulatory program for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas. IOGCC serves as a vehicle for improving all aspects of State programs. Significant challenges that government faces involve receiving input from the States and working collaboratively with multiple States on an issue or program. IOGCC serves as the States’ collective voice as well as the conduit through which information can flow from the DOE programs to the States.
Major achievements under this multi-project grant have been the development of a model process for helping States develop benchmarks for the performance of State oil and gas regulatory programs, the creation of a publication highlighting underexplored potential reserves in the Appalachian and Illinois basins, production of a publication that provides an unbiased analysis of offshore oil and natural gas potential offshore in North America, the establishment of a forum for information-sharing among State oil and gas attorneys, and establishment of a forum for limiting duplication of regulations between States and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Taken as a whole, the projects under this award serve State governments by streamlining regulatory processes, creating the ability to share best practices; identify performance measures that verify compliance with State exploration, production and environmental regulations; provide information on new technology to increase regulatory compliance, environmental protection and efficiency; and conduct regional or national projects that States acting alone cannot achieve. Also, significant training opportunities are offered to State employees.
Industry is served by more effective and efficient regulatory processes and by providing a forum for discussing issues of common concern.
The general public is served by the excellent environmental protection programs operated by the States, while industry is able to provide critical energy resources for the country. The public benefits daily from the production of domestic natural gas and crude oil.
This project has produced a number of successful efforts in four main areas.
Area of Interest No. 1—Regulatory Streamlining and Improvement. This area of interest continues to support IOGCC’s regulatory streamlining efforts that include the identification and elimination of unnecessary duplication of efforts among State and Federal programs dealing with exploration and production on public and private lands. Successful efforts include the following:
Area of Interest No. 2—Technology. This area of interest seeks to improve efficiency in States through the identification of technologies that can reduce costs and increase efficiency. IOGCC has been working with States to identify recent and cutting-edge technology that will enhance oil and gas regulatory compliance within member States.
Area of Interest No. 3—Training and Education. This area of interest is vital for upgrading the skills of regulators and industry alike. Successful efforts include the following:
Area of Interest No. 4—Resource Assessment and Development. This area of interest relates directly to helping maximize production of domestic oil and natural gas resources, including areas that are underexplored or have not been adequately defined. Successful efforts under this project include the following:
All tasks of the project are complete, and the final report has been received. The agreement between DOE and IOGCC is a 3-year contract. The projects are now entering the third year.
This project was awarded as an interagency agreement to provide assistance with oil and gas regulatory management decisions.
$449,512 (33% of total)
Other Government Organizations Involved: To varying degrees, the governors and regulatory agencies of all 37 oil and gas producing States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of public educational institutions.