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State Regulations: West Virginia

State of West Virginia

The Office of Oil and Gas (OOG) in the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for monitoring and regulating all actions related to the exploration, drilling, storage, and production of oil and natural gas. The DEP, through various divisions and offices, also administers the general environmental protection regulations.

Contact

Office of Oil and Gas
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 926-0450 (phone)
(304) 926-0452 (fax)

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 926-0440 (phone)

Disposal Practices and Applicable Regulations

Series 1 through Series 7 of Title 35 of the West Virginia Code of State Regulations contain the rules administered by the Office of Oil and Gas. In addition, other environmental protection state rules may apply.

  • Pit Disposal (35-04-16.4). Drilling wastes, including drill cuttings, are generally disposed of into pits and subsequently buried. The Water Pollution Control Permit GP-WV-1-88, issued by the Office of Oil and Gas, covers pits and their associate wastes and disposal.


  • Subsurface Emplacement (47-13). No specific regulations for slurry injection or other related technologies have been promulgated. Requests would be evaluated administratively under the underground injection control program. Slurry may have to be addressed under Class 5 permitting requirements.