the Division of Oil and Gas
The Oil and Gas Division is one of four divisions within the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals. Created in 1941, the Division of Oil & Gas is the regulatory authority in Illinois for permitting, drilling, operating, and plugging oil and gas production wells. The Division implements the Illinois Oil and Gas Act and enforces standards for the construction and operation of related production equipment and facilities.
In addition, the Division regulates the injection of fluids into underground injection wells, through the UIC Program, and cleans up abandoned well sites through the PRF and Landowner Grant Programs.
Through these three programs the Division ensures the protection and proper development of Illinois' oil and gas resources, while protecting Illinois' environment, land, and water resources.
The Division accomplishes this through its administrative, enforcement, permitting and technical services units. The division has two district office, Centralia and Carmi, with its main office in Springfield. Click here to view a map of the district office boundaries.
The Illinois Petroleum Resources Board (IPRB) maintains the Oil and Gas trailer. This trailer is available for schools and community events to educate the public on the state's oil and gas resources. For more information on Illinois' oil and gas resources, or to schedule the trailer for your event click the image to the right.