Oil and Gas Program (Tennessee)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Tennessee

Applies to States or Provinces Tennessee
Name Oil and Gas Program (Tennessee)
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Natural Gas
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Primary Website http://www.lawserver.com/law/state/tennessee/tn-code/tennessee_code_title_60
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://www.tn.gov/sos/rules/1040/1040.htm


The Oil and Gas section of the Tennessee Code, found in Title 60, covers all regulations, licenses, permits, and laws related to the production of natural gas. The laws create the Oil and Gas Board, composed of the commissioner of environment and conservation or the commissioner's designee, who shall act as chair, the designee of the commissioner of economic and community development, the chair of the conservation commission, a member from the oil and gas industry appointed by the governor, an owner of oil or gas property appointed by the governor, and a member from the mineral industry appointed by the governor. The member from the oil and gas industry, the oil or gas property owner and the member from the mineral industry shall each serve four-year terms. In the absence of the commissioner of environment and conservation, the board shall elect one (1) of its members to serve as chair.

In October 2012 the Board adopted new rules in order to deal with the expansion of the natural gas industry due to the use of hydraulic fracturing. These new rules are based on findings from the Water Pollution Control Division. These new rules require wells using 200,000 gallons of water or more to make public notice. Another change is that companies may temporarily abandon wells for up to five years, with another two years to then cap the well. Regulations governing groundwater protection standards that are no less stringent than those adopted by the American Petroleum Institute in Guidance Document HF1, First Edition, Hydraulic Fracturing Operations - Well Construction and Integrity Guidelines, October 2009 or any later revision.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Oil and Gas Section
Department Department Of Environment and Conservation
Division Water Pollution Control
Address 6th Floor, L&C Tower, 401 Church St., Nashville, TN, 37243

Phone 615-532-0166

Email ask.tdec@tn.gov
Contact Name Oil and Gas Board
Department Department Of Environment and Conservation
Division Permits
Address 401 Church St., Nashbille, TN, 37243

Phone 615-532-0109

Email water.supply@tn.gov

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Tenn. Code 60
Date Effective 2012-01-01

Authority 2: Rule of Tennessee Department of #1040-01 through 1040-08
Date Effective 2012-01-01