The AZOGCC has statutory responsibility to regulate the drilling for and production of oil, gas, helium, carbon dioxide, and geothermal resources.

Drilling CO2 well east of Springerville in 1997The AZOGCC consists of five members appointed by the Governor and one ex-officio member, the State Land Commissioner. The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) provides administrative and staff support. Current Commission members include Frank Thorwald, Sun City, Chairman;  J. Dale Nations, Tucson, Vice-Chairman; Stephen R. Cooper, Casa Grande; William C. Feyerabend, Prescott Valley;  Robert L. Wagner, Mesa; and Lisa Atkins, ex-officio member and State Land Commissioner. Steven L. Rauzi was the administrator. Steve retired on December 18, 2015. Please address all inquiries to Nyal Niemuth, OGCC Admistrator at 602-771-1604 and Kendra Decker, OGCC Secretary at 520-209-4132.

Arizona Has Helium

The current posted price of $76.00 per Mcf in-kind and $106.00 per Mcf conservation Helium has increased interest in the hunt for helium. Some of the richest helium-bearing gas in the world was produced in Arizona. Helium concentrations range from trace amounts up to ten percent in the Holbrook Basin and Four Corners. Both areas have good potential for additional discovery and production of helium. This potential was the focus of the Arizona Geology published in winter 2003. Download Here  Additional reports about helium in Arizona are available online at the AZGS document repository by clicking here


Want to Drill an Oil Well?

This issue of Arizona Geology notes areas with best potential for future discovery and describes the process of exploring and drilling for oil and gas in Arizona. It summarizes many aspects of the oil and gas exploration and production process incorporating geology, leasing, permitting, engineering (drilling and production), economics/business, environmental concerns, and regulatory responsibilities of an operator. This issue is a good primer for anyone wanting to drill a well in Arizona. Download Here   Additional reports about oil and gas in Arizona are available online at the AZGS document repository by clicking here. Current articles about oil and gas are available in Arizona Geology Magazine by clicking here.

Is Carbon Sequestration in Arizona's Future?

This issue of Arizona Geology (Download Here) describes potential geologic carbon-sequestration sites in Arizona. The West Coast Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB) and Arizona Public Service (APS) tested one of the sites in 2009 (see announcements below). Results of additional sequestration investigations in Arizona are available online at the AZGS document repository by clicking here