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.

Canadian Province/Territory Press Releases

Nova Scotia to Review Hydraulic Fracturing in Shale Gas Operations (2011)

April 4, 2011. Nova Scotia Departments of Energy/Environment. The province will review environmental issues associated with hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to free natural gas trapped in shale rock formations.


Energy Minister Charlie Parker and Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, April 4, that department officials will conduct a review of the technique.


"We have listened to the concerns of Nova Scotians over drinking water and protecting their communities," said Mr. Parker. "Given that we do not currently have any applications for the use of hydraulic fracturing of shales, nor do we anticipate any this year, this is a good time for us to do this work."

State Press Releases

Haynesville Shale Surpasses Barnett Shale Natural Gas Production

Haynesville Shale Surpasses Barnett Shale Natural Gas Production, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Friday, March 18, 2011. BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported today that natural gas production from Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale surpassed production from Texas’ Barnett Shale in February, making the Haynesville the top-producing U.S. natural gas play. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Scott Angelle said that the EIA’s announcement serves to underscore the critical role Louisiana continues to play in the energy security and economic health of the nation.

IOGCC Case Studies

Louisiana partnership protects the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer near Shreveport (2010)

State College, PA, October 11, 2010. IOGCC Shale Gas Directors' (SGD) Task Force member James Welsh (LA), Gary Hanson, Director, Red River Watershed Management Institute, Louisiana State University and Mike Mathis, Chesapeake, presented the success they had when working together to solve water problems with the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer around Shreveport to stakeholders at the Marcellus Shale Summit,