About Us

  • Division of Oil & Gas 101

    The Alaska Division of Oil & Gas is responsible for the leasing of state lands for oil, gas, and geothermal exploration. We do this by implementing innovative new programs to encourage exploration on state and private lands, and by working with other agencies, local communities, and industry to fulfill the Alaska Constitution's mandate to "encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest." The Alaska Constitution also calls on us to utilize and develop our natural resources "on the sustained yield principle, subject to preferences among beneficial uses."

    The Division of Oil and Gas is administratively assigned to nine sections as shown below:

    Resource Evaluation oversees the regulatory side of reservoir management and evaluates oil & gas resources
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    Permitting Section issues permits, handles Lease Plans of Operations and ensures bond placement before surface exploration
    Go to Permitting

    Lease Sales and Administration Section administers geothermal, oil & gas sales/leases and exploration licenses
    Go to Leasing Section

    Royalty Audit makes sure that State receives full value of royalty payments
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    Royalty Accounting tracks royalty ownership, conducts audit and allocates royalty revenue from each producing property
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    Units section manages lease groupings known as units and reviews and approves contraction, expansion and terminations of units
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    Commercial Section does contract negotiations, economic analysis, provides expertise to support Oil & Gas policy and regulations
    Go to Commercial Section

    Support services are provided by Admin, IT & GIS sections with custom inhouse applications, map publications and admin services
    Go to GIS Section


    Led by the Director's Office, the Division works in asset teams, pulling together the experts needed from different sections, performing at least ten functions, in order to manage each different task or issue. Among our professionals are: Petroleum Geologists, Petroleum Geophysicists, Petroleum Economists, Petroleum Engineers, Civil Engineers, Biologists, Environmental Scientists, Commercial Analysts, Accountants, Attorneys, Auditors, GIS Analysts, Managerial and IT professionals.

    The Division of Oil and Gas ensures the continued flow of state revenues through monitoring and auditing lease and unit agreement operations, including accounting for oil and gas rental and royalty payments and continuing to promote new opportunities for the sale of royalty oil and gas.

    The Division's programs enable Alaskans to enjoy low taxes, continued growth of the Permanent Fund and direct and indirect employment as a result of oil and gas development and subsequent state and local spending.

    Our Primary Services

    The Division's work benefits all residents of Alaska through the availability of oil and gas revenues for education, public safety, revenue sharing to communities, capital improvement projects, the Permanent Fund and other state and local programs.
    The primary services of the Division of Oil and Gas are: