Division of Energy & Mineral Resources

Oil & Gas Commission

Who We Are

The primary focus of the Oil & Gas Commission (OGC) is to prevent waste and encourage the conservation of Arkansas’s oil, natural gas, and brine resources.

The OGC serves Arkansans by providing a scientific and technically-based regulatory framework to support economic development while respecting the environment and Arkansas’s natural resources—its fresh air, abundant water, and varying landscapes.

Lawrence Bengal

Director, Oil & Gas Commission

"We serve the citizens of Arkansas and the regulated community with an efficient and scientifically-based regulatory framework. The Oil & Gas Commission (OGC) issues permits to drill, operate, produce, and plug wells. OGC also issues permits for seismic operations for exploration of oil and natural gas; regulates the gathering, handling, and transportation of exploration and production fluids; and regulates natural gas pipelines."

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

Interim Division of Environmental Quality Director and Chief Administrator of Environment

Colbie Jones

Associate Environment Administrator, Division of Environmental Quality

Stacie Wassell

Associate Director, Office of Water Quality

Lucy Cross

Enterprise Services Director, Enterprise Services

Demetria Kimbrough

Associate Director, Office of Air Quality

Bryan Leamons

Associate Director, Office of Land Resources

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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