The Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee actively engages in legislative and regulatory processes at state and federal levels to ensure that tedious laws and regulations do not adversely affect oil and gas activities. The committee tackles its many tasks by fostering communication with the regulatory community so timely responses can be made to meet the rapidly changing needs of the oil and gas industry and its customers.

Chair: Ryan Hoffman, Director, Conservation Division, Kansas Corporation Commission
Vice Chair: Eric Vendel, Senior Legal Counsel, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
IOGCC Staff Liaison: Carol Booth
For more information about the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee or to find out how to become a member, please contact Carol Booth at

2017 Annual Conference
Sheraton at Station Square
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
October 1 - 3, 2017

Committee Project: 

The Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee is focusing on state regulatory programs related to idle wells for this year’s project.  Topics included idle well classifications, and conditions or requirements necessary to qualify for this status, including well integrity, duration of this status, bonding requirements, exceptions and exemptions, etc. A toolbox for regulators is almost finalized for distribution.

A task force with Alberta, Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio has been formed to evaluate the toolbox for further project development and consideration.