The West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) regulates the drilling of deep wells in the state. The OGCC approves drilling permits and conducts hearings on matters relating to the exploration for or production of oil and gas from deep wells. Hearings are held to determine the spacing of wells and to pool the interests of royalty owners and operators of a drilling unit.


Foster, encourage and promote the exploration for and development, production and utilization and conservation of oil and gas resources; 

Prohibit waste of oil and gas resources and unnecessary surface loss of oil and gas; 

Encourage the maximum recovery of oil and gas; and 

Safeguard, protect and enforce the correlative rights of operators and royalty owners in a pool of oil or gas to the end that each operator and royalty owner may obtain his just and equitable share and production from such pool of oil and gas.

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