Monday, May 09, 2011

Revamped AZ Oil & Gas Commission web site offers more info

The Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission website has a new look and improved functions. The Commission members are appointed by the Governor to regulate drilling and production of oil, natural gas, geothermal, helium, and CO2 [right, exploration drilling in the Picacho basin]

The new site includes all drilling permits, now readily found by company name or permit date as well as the permit number. Monthly production reports from Arizona wells go back to their beginnings.

The Commission has had no paid staff since the early 1990s (due to previous budget cuts) so the AZGS has been tasked to provide the technical and administrative staffs to carry out the Commission's duties. AZGS maintains the web site as well.

The Commission has been busy lately permitting potash exploration coreholes in the Holbrook basin because the holes penetrate potential oil and gas-bearing zones, making them subject to Commission oversight.

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