The Mission Statement of the Department of Natural Resources is to develop, conserve, and enhance natural resources for present and future Alaskans. The Division of Oil and Gas is charged with carrying out this mission with regard to the management of the state's oil and gas and geothermal resources.
To this end, the division's primary objective is to maximize the physical recovery of the state's oil and gas resources in an environmentally sound and safe manner, and the economic revenue from these resources. The division fulfills this objective by:
developing and implementing oil and gas leasing and exploration licensing;
managing exploration, development and production activities on active leases; and
timely and accurately collecting, verifying and distributing revenues from leases.
The Leasing Section issues, enforces and tracks state's oil and gas leases. It conducts regularly scheduled competitive oil and gas lease sales, outlined in the Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program submitted to the Alaska State Legislature.
The GIS Section is a tech-support group for the Division of Oil and Gas and produces digital maps, presentations and other cartographic products like area maps, sale boundary maps and tract and unit maps.