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State Regulations: Kentucky

State of Kentucky

The Division of Oil and Gas (DOG) in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fosters conservation of all mineral resources, encourages exploration of such resources, protects the correlative rights of land and mineral owners, prohibits waste and unnecessary surface loss and damage, and encourages the maximum recovery of oil and gas from all deposits. The Energy and Environment Cabinet brings together various Kentucky agencies. It is tasked with protecting and enhancing Kentucky's natural resources. The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) administers the major environmental protection laws. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 administers Class II underground injection control (UIC) programs in Kentucky in direct implementation.


Division of Oil and Gas
1025 Capital Center Drive
Frankfort, KY
(502) 573-0147 (phone)
(502) 573-1099 (fax)
(Staff Directory)

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
500 Mero Street 5th Floor, CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3350 ext 214 (phone)
(502) 564-3354 (fax)

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
14 Reilly Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2150 (phone)
(502) 564-4245 (fax)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 562-9900 (phone)
(800) 241-1754 (phone)

Disposal Practices and Applicable Regulations

The rules administered by the Division of Oil and Gas (DOG) rules are contained in Chapter 1 of Title 805 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations. Chapters 4-6, 8, 30-40, 42-53, 55, 57-61, 63, 65, 68, and 100 of Title 401 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations contain the rules administered by the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet (NREPC) Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP).

  • Subsurface Injection. Kentucky has no statutes, regulations, or policies that specifically address slurry injection, subfracture injection, and annular injection of drill cuttings and drilling muds. Historically, EPA Region 4 has allowed at least one operator to dispose of drilling waste down the annulus of a producing well on a one-time basis. The EPA conditioned the approval on a verification that the injection pressure did not exceed the pressure naturally furnished by the hydrostatic head. (The state does not issue duplicate UIC permits.)