Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development - Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
To protect the public interest in exploration and development of Alaska's valuable oil, gas, and geothermal resources through the application of conservation practices designed to ensure greater ultimate recovery and the protection of health, safety, fresh ground waters and the rights of all owners to recover their share of the resource.
- Ensure safety of well drilling and control equipment.
- Ensure greater ultimate recovery.
- Minimize waste due to unnecessary flaring and venting of produced gas.
- Expeditiously adjudicate all permit applications while ensuring compliance with regulations, statutes, orders and other AOGCC directives.
- Protect Alaska's underground fresh water.
- Have no lost time accidents
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Ensure safe, efficient recovery of Alaska resources, prevent physical waste, timely review of applications, prevent contamination of underground fresh water, and have no lost-time accidents.|
|A1: Core Service - Ensure safety of well drilling and control equipment.|
|A2: Core Service - Ensure greater ultimate recovery.|
Target #1: Evaluate development and depletion of 20% of Alaska's oil and gas pools, and every pool at least once every five years.
Percent of Oil & Gas Pools Evaluated
Analysis of results and challenges: AOGCC's reservoir engineer evaluates many oil and gas pools each year to ensure that operating companies are maximizing resource recovery. During FY2021, AOGCC exceeded the goal of 20%.
|A3: Core Service - Minimize waste due to unnecessary flaring and venting of produced gas.|
Target #1: Less than 0.5% loss of total gas production through flaring and venting.
Percent of Gas Lost Through Flaring and Venting
Analysis of results and challenges: Unnecessary flaring and venting of produced gas wastes state hydrocarbon resources. AOGCC reviews every flaring and venting event to ensure that it was needed for safety or maintaining operational efficiency. During FY2021, the percentage of gas lost was less than AOGCC's goal of 0.5% lost.
|A4: Core Service - Expeditiously adjudicate all permit applications while ensuring compliance with regulations, statutes, orders and other AOGCC directives.|
Target #1: Comprehensively review and adjudicate drilling permit applications in less than 10 working days.
Percent Permits Adjudicated within 10 working days
Analysis of results and challenges: AOGCC’s overall performance declined over FY2021 due to the abnormally low number of applications (67) coupled with the unusually high proportion of applications for exploratory and stratigraphic test wells (16) that required additional evaluation time. For the remaining 51 development and service well applications, 65% were adjudicated in 10 or fewer working days, and the average adjudication time for these 51 applications was 10.9 working days.
|A5: Core Service - Protect Alaska's underground fresh water.|
Target #1: Zero incidents that result in contamination of underground fresh water due to oil and gas activities.
Incidents of Contaminated Underground Fresh Water (Zero Recorded Incidents)
Analysis of results and challenges: There are no documented instances of underground freshwater contamination in Alaska. AOGCC's increased scrutiny of applications and slightly larger field inspector staff will allow the agency to maintain that unblemished record.
|A6: Core Service - Have no lost time accidents|
Target #1: No incidents that result in lost time for AOGCC staff or field inspectors.
Incidents Resulting in Lost Time of Staff and Field Inspectors
Analysis of results and challenges: There were no reported personal safety incidents resulting lost staff time in FY2021. Some of AOGCC staff are exposed to an extensive amount of time in the field, driving and flying between widely separated locations in often inclement weather. AOGCC's emphasis on personal safety will allow us to continue our goal of zero incidents.
Current as of November 2, 2021