The State Perspective

The IOGCC -- Collectively Representing the States

In 1935, six states took advantage of a constitutional right to “compact,” or agree to work together, to resolve common issues. Faced with unregulated petroleum overproduction and the resulting waste, the states endorsed and Congress ratified a compact to take control of the issues. The result was a unique multi-state government agency now known as the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Because each state has its own challenges, the Commission, which currently represents 38 oil and gas producing states, continues to focus on the development of model legislation that states are able to adapt according to their requirements.

IOGCC member states have a well-established history of successful regulation resulting in sound environmental practices. Issues vary from state to state, and experienced regulators across the nation have shown great leadership in protecting the environment. Many times, federal regulations offer a “one size fits all” approach, which does not effectively regulate the oil and natural gas industry. The IOGCC plays an active role in Washington, D.C., serving as the states’ voice on oil and natural gas issues and advocating states’ rights to govern the resources found within their borders. It is imperative that states maintain this right, because our nation’s energy future depends on it.

IOGCC Case Studies

Carbon Capture and Storage Case Study (2009)

Carbon Capture and Storage Case Study (2009) is an in-depth discussion of IOGCC member states' legislative and regulatory responses to CO2 Storage.