Oil and Gas Program

The state Oil and Gas Program administers and enforces the provisions of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act. In accordance with Session Law 2012-143, the program also provided support staff to the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission in establishing a regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration and development in the state.

The Mining and Energy Commission submitted rules to the Office of Administrative Hearings for publication in July 2014. The rules were adopted in November 2014, and were reviewed and approved by the Rules Review Commission at the December 2014 and January 2015 meetings. The Mining and Energy Commission was dissolved July 31, 2015, as directed by Session Law 2014-4.

Final Oil and Gas Rules

Oil and Gas Well Permitting Flow Chart

N.C. Oil and Gas Wells Drilled 1925-1998


Drilling Unit Applications Received: 0
Complete Oil or Gas Well Permit Applications Received: 0
(figures updated daily)

Oil and Gas Program Staff

Jim Chapman
Senior Geologist for Oil & Gas Regulations
Oversight of Oil and Gas Program supporting the Oil and Gas Commission

Mailing Address

DEQ/Oil & Gas Program
1612 Mail Service Center 
Raleigh, NC  27699-1612 

For additional information, please contact Josh Kastrinsky at 919-707-3645 or josh.kastrinsky@ncdenr.gov.