Division of Energy & Mineral Resources

Office of the State Geologist

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Who We Are

The mission of the Office of the State Geologist (OSG) is to increase knowledge of Arkansas’s geology and to stimulate the orderly development and usage of the state’s mineral, water, and fossil fuel resources, while protecting the environment.

Two primary focuses for OSG are geological mapping and geologic hazards. Geological mapping—conducted by OSG’s geologists—is important to individuals and entities who want to know about their land’s physical structure and composition. Earthquakes and landslides are just two examples of the geologic-hazard work conducted by OSG. OSG is also proud to serve as a resource to schools and professional groups who want to learn more about Arkansas’s geology.

Scott Ausbrooks

Director, Office of the State Geologist

"Our office provides geologic data to the public, private industry, academia, and government agencies—from municipal to federal. We conduct research and maintain geologic map coverage of Arkansas to promote safe and responsible development of the state's mineral, water, and fossil fuel resources; support modernization of infrastructure; protect the public from geologic hazards such as earthquakes and flooding; and encourage the wise use of natural resources for tourism and recreation."

AR Will Benefit from Increased Demand for Lithium

AR Will Benefit from Increased Demand for Lithium

The fascination with Arkansas’s diamond mines soon may be matched with interest in its bromine brines. A state-of-the-art facility is already extracting lithium—a critical mineral for the production of batteries and electronics—from bromine brines produced from the Jurassic Smackover Formation.
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Questions or Comments?

Bailey Taylor

Associate Environment Administrator, Division of Environmental Quality

Stacie Wassell

Associate Director, Office of Water Quality

Lucy Cross

Enterprise Services Director, Enterprise Services

Jarrod Zweifel

Associate Director, Office of Land Resources

Demetria Kimbrough

Associate Director, Office of Air Quality

Lawrence Bengal

Chief Administrator of Energy and Director, Oil & Gas Commission

Andrea Hopkins

Associate Energy Administrator, Division of Energy & Mineral Resources, Emergency Management

Scott Ausbrooks

Director, Office of the State Geologist

Kevin Pfalser

Director, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board

Mitchell Simpson

Director, Arkansas Energy Office

Kevin White

Program Manager, Mining Program

Report an Emergency

If you are reporting a spill, leak, geohazard event, release of petroleum products, hazardous materials, or gases that requires an immediate emergency response, please call the:

Arkansas Division of Emergency Management

Then contact the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment:

E&E Emergency Management

If after hours, please leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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