States First is an exciting STATE led initiative aimed at facilitating multi-state collaboration and innovative regulatory solutions for oil and natural gas producing states.

State regulatory programs have been at the forefront of oil and gas exploration since the 1930s. These programs, which are as varied as the geography, climate, geology and social fabric of our states, are designed to be flexible, yet effective, in providing the world’s best environmental protection and regulation.

Looking forward, the states remain committed to excellence and to providing the regulatory leadership necessary for a sound energy future. As leaders, the states recognize the need to continuously improve and to develop innovative solutions to emerging regulatory challenges. Through States First programs, state regulatory agencies are collaborating and communicating with one another in an ongoing effort to keep current with rapidly changing technology, as well as to share the very best and innovative regulatory procedures from state to state.