Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Energy
Department of Energy
Virginia Gas and Oil Board Regulations [4 VAC 25 ‑ 160]
Amendments regarding the regulations of the Virginia Gas and Oil Board
Action 2647
General Information
Action Summary As a result of periodic review, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is amending 4VAC25-160, Virginia Gas and Oil Board Regulations, to make technical corrections, improve clarity, increase efficiency, and to restore consistency with other chapters. Sections 4VAC25-160-30, 4VAC25-160-40, 4VAC25-160-50, 4VAC25-160-60, 4VAC25-160-70, 4VAC25-160-100, and 4VAC25-160-200 will be amended to correct several technical areas for accuracy, and provide clarity. These amendments regarding process will aid the gas and oil industry, as well as the Gas & Oil Board in the approval and regulation of gas and oil permits. Amending Section 4VAC25-160-30 will reduce workload and increase efficiency for applicants by providing flexibility and economy in the permit process. Amendments to 4VAC25-160-40, 4VAC25-160-50, and 4VAC25-160-70 are being made to bring consistency to data submission requirements for the Division of Gas & Oil. The use of latitude and longitude and the Virginia Coordinate System of 1927 have been replaced by the Virginia Coordinate System of 1983 in other Division of Gas & Oil regulations. Current industry practice is to use the more modern 1983 coordinate system for describing the locations of wells and core holes. Applicants for permits under this chapter must currently convert their coordinates back to the 1927 system, as required by the regulation, in order to submit them to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Division of Gas & Oil. The amendment will allow applicants to use the updated 1983 coordinate system.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [001317]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 12/12/2007
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
4614 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/06/2008.
5010 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/30/2009.
5477 Final Stage withdrawn on 03/22/2010 before DPB completed its review.
5502 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/08/2012.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Michael Skiffington  / Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Department of Energy
1100 Bank Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219-3402
Email Address:
Phone: (804)692-3212    FAX: (804)692-3237    TDD: (800)828-1120

This person is the primary contact for this board.