Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Energy
Department of Energy
Gas and Oil Regulation [4 VAC 25 ‑ 150]
Amendments regarding the regulation of gas and oil
Action 2648
General Information
Action Summary As a result of periodic review, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is amending 4VAC25-150, Virginia Gas & Oil Regulation. Sections of 4VAC25-150 will be amended to correct technical areas for accuracy, improve worker safety, and provide clarity. These amendments will aid the gas and oil industry and the Gas & Oil Board in the approval and regulation of gas and oil permits. Amending parts of Section 4VAC25-150-150 will reduce workload and increase efficiency for applicants by providing flexibility and economy to the permit process. Section 4VAC25-150-90 will be updated to include symbols that are consistent with current industry usage and available CAD technology. Amendments to sections 4VAC25-150-80, 4VAC25-150-260, 4VAC25-150-300, 4VAC25-150-380, and 4VAC25-150-630 will protect the safety and health of oil and gas industry employees. An amendment to 4VAC25-150-90 is 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 The use of latitude and longitude and the Virginia Coordinate System of 1927 have been replaced by the Virginia Coordinate System of 1983 in other Division of Gas & Oil regulations.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  [001318]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 12/12/2007 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
4615 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/06/2008.
5012 Proposed Stage withdrawn on 03/25/2009 before DPB completed its review.
5105 Revised Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/30/2009.
5476 Final Stage withdrawn on 03/22/2010 before DPB completed its review.
5882 Final StageComplete: After suspension, the rulemaking entity elected to make changes in a new Final stage.
6417 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/10/2013.
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.