Commission Members

The West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is composed of five members, three of whom are appointed by the Governor.   Of the three appointed by the Governor, one shall be an independent producer and at least one shall be a member of the public not engaged in an activity under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission or the federal energy regulatory commission.   The third appointee shall possess a degree from an accredited college or university in petroleum engineering or geology and must be a registered professional engineer with particular knowledge and experience in the oil and gas industry and shall serve as commissioner and as chair of the commission.   The Director of the WV Department of Environmental Protection and the Chief of the Office of Oil and Gas shall serve the Commission as ex-officio members.

Barry K. Lay, Chairman and Commissioner

Barry Lay is presently the Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Appalachia North Asset Team of EnerVest Operating LLC. Prior to joining EnerVest in 2005, he served several roles with EnerVest’s predecessor, Belden & Blake Corporation, including Vice President and General Manager of the Appalachia District. Before joining Belden & Blake, Barry was Vice President of Engineering for Waco Oil and Gas Company. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, and has worked in the oil and gas industry for almost 40 years.

He serves as chairman for numerous state oil and gas regulatory boards including the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the West Virginia Coal Bed Methane Review Board and the West Virginia Shallow Gas Well Review Board. He is an active member of various independent oil and gas associations, and has served on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia association. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a registered professional engineer and a licensed land surveyor in West Virginia.

Robert S. Radabaugh, Member

Robert Radabaugh (Bob) is presently the President and Partner of S & R Gas Ventures, Ltd in Sand Fork, West Virginia.  Prior to forming S & R Gas Ventures, Bob worked for Trio Petroleum Corp where his primary focus was on Reclamation and Timbering.    In addition to his current position at S & R, Bob also owns Radabaugh Oil & Gas Holdings and Radabaugh Environmental Services. He graduated from Glenville State College with an Associate’s Degree in Forest Technology.

He serves as a Member on the WV Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and has been an active member of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of WV since 1981. Throughout his career he has been awarded many Environmental & Service Awards.


Michael McCown P.E., Member

Mike McCown is a long-time resident of West Virginia currently residing in Mineral Wells. He retired in 2016 after a 40-year career in the oil and gas industry working for various companies as an executive, manager and engineer. Currently he provides consulting and expert witness services for the petroleum industry. Mike has served on the Boards of the State’s two oil and gas associations for 17 years, serving as President of the WV Oil & Gas Association, President of the Independent Oil & Gas Association, and was acknowledged as WV Oil & Gas Man of the Year in 2014.


He graduated from Ohio University with a BS in Civil Engineering, is a retired professional petroleum engineer in WV and a professional engineer in Ohio.

 James A. Martinames A. Martin, Ex-Officio Chief of the Office of Oil and Gas

Austin Caperton, Ex-Officio (Cabinet Secretary, WV Department of Environmental Protection)