Trusted stewards of Idaho's resources, from main street to mountain top

Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

NOTE: Legislation passed during the 2017 legislative session creates a newly structured Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) starting July 1, 2017. The Governor's Office is seeking applications for new OGCC positions. Read more here.

The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regulates the exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas resources to ensure the conservation of oil and gas and the protection of surface and groundwater. The IDL serves as the administrative arm of the Commission.

View the Commission's 2017-2018 Strategic Plan here (pdf).

Commission Members

  • Chairman Chris Beck of Hayden Lake, representing water interests
  • Vice Chairman Margaret Chipman of Weiser, representing landowners with mineral rights
  • Sid Cellan of Soda Springs, representing landowners without mineral rights
  • Jim Classen of Boise, representing geological interests
  • Ken Smith of Boise, representing oil and gas interests


Report: Idaho Oil & Gas Taxation Comparison (pdf)

Report: Peer Assessment from State Oil & Gas Regulatory Exchange (pdf)

View the 2016 OGCC Annual Report here:
- PDF (shown as two-page spreads) - 4 MB
- PDF (shown as single pages) - 4 MB

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Left: Chairman Chris Beck
Center: Vice Chairman Margaret Chipman
Right: Commissioner Sid Cellan

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Left: Commissioner Jim Classen
Right: Commissioner Ken Smith


    Oil & Gas Regulatory Program
    Boise Staff Office
    (208) 334-0200

    -- Eric Wilson, Bureau Chief
    -- James Thum, Program Manager

Commission Meetings