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State Regulations: New York

State of New York

The primary responsibility for regulating oil and gas activities within New York resides with the Bureau of Oil and Gas Regulation in the Division of Mineral Resources (Office of Natural Resources) of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Other offices and divisions within the NYSDEC administer the major environmental protection laws.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Mineral Resources
Bureau of Oil and Gas Regulation
625 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12233-6500
(518) 402-8056 (phone)
(518) 402-8060 (fax)

Disposal Practices and Applicable Regulations

Environmental conservation rules and regulations are contained in Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR). The rules and regulations for oil, gas and solution mining are provided in 6 NYCRR Parts 550-559.

  • The DEC has developed no regulations, policies, or guidelines governing slurry injection, subsurface injection, or annular disposal of drilling wastes and reserve-pit wastes.

  • At present, no drilling operations are conducted in the offshore areas of New York or in Lake Erie.

  • New York State solid waste management regulations at 6 NYCRR Subpart B (Solid Waste) provide the authority by which the state (through the Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials) establishes standards and criteria for solid waste management operations, including landfilling and land application.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 administers the Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Control Class II program for New York.