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Bureau of Oil & Gas Permitting and Management

Peter S. Briggs, Director
(518) 402-8056

The Bureau of Oil & Gas Permitting and Management in the Division of Mineral Resources oversees permitting of all regulated wells in New York, and is responsible for issuance of well permits in DEC Regions 1-5. The Bureau is also responsible for statewide permitting of underground gas storage facilities (natural and liquefied petroleum), well spacing issues and orders, compulsory integration and data management.

Contact us by e-mail: for inquiries about regulated wells.

Oil & Gas Regulation Section

Phone (518) 402-8056
Fax (518) 402-8060

Responsibilities:

  • Statewide Regulatory Coordination
  • Compulsory Integration
  • Well Spacing Orders and Variances
  • Well Permitting and Field Inspections for DEC Regions 1-5
  • Enhanced Recovery Approvals

Typical tasks of this section include:

Develop, implement and enforce statewide regulations, policies and procedures to ensure that oil, gas, stratigraphic, geothermal and enhanced recovery wells are drilled, operated and plugged in a manner that fully protects the environment, correlative rights, and public health and safety.

  • Review applications and issue permits to drill wells in DEC Regions 1-5.
  • Manage monthly schedule of compulsory integration hearings.
  • Review applications for non-conforming spacing units and variances for regulatory well spacing.
  • Manage full regulatory permit program for enhanced recovery of oil and gas resources.
  • Investigate and resolve citizen complaints and non-routine incidents.
  • Provide technical assistance and information to the regulated community, local governments, the public, other state and federal agencies and other Divisions within DEC.

Oil & Gas Regulation Section Staff

Thomas E. Noll, Section Chief
Carrie Friello
Alexa Stolorow
Scott Dietzel

Technology & Facilities Section

Phone (518) 402-8056
Fax (518) 402-8060

Responsibilities:

  • Support technical requirements for Division projects and initiatives
  • Technology and database administration for Oil & Gas and Mining programs
  • Statistical analysis and reporting
  • Statewide underground storage permitting
  • Statewide solution salt mining reviews
  • Perform field inspection of wells and storage/solution mining facilities
  • Annual Well Report preparation for all well types
  • GIS dataset administration for both Oil & Gas and Mining programs
  • Coordinate with nationally affiliated groups such as the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)

Typical tasks of this section include:

Support and maintain the Division's electronic information systems and technology, and provide electronic data and computer-generated maps to customers and stakeholders. Develop, implement and enforce statewide regulations, policies and procedures such that gas storage and solution mining facilities are operated, and gas storage, solution mining, and brine disposal wells are drilled, operated and plugged in a manner that fully protects the environment, correlative rights, and public health and safety.

  • Provide current, functional, and user-friendly databases and software designed to collect and convey relevant and timely information on both the mining and oil & gas industries.
  • Respond to information requests and provide technical assistance to the regulated community, local governments, the public, other state and federal agencies and other Divisions within the DEC.
  • Manage full regulatory permit program for underground storage of natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas and coordinate with other involved state and federal agencies.
  • Perform technical review of solution mining proposals and coordinate with other involved state and federal agencies regarding solution mining and brine disposal wells.
  • Develop resources for continued improvement of information management related to both oil & gas and mining programs.
  • Coordinate with contractors to support Division projects and initiatives.
  • Coordinate and contribute to work on GWPC projects and initiatives.

Technology Assistance Section Staff

Amanda Trotter, Section Chief
Thomas Walker
Eric Rodriguez


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