Production of gas and oil resources is governed by the Virginia Gas and Oil Board (VGO ). The purpose of VGOB is to foster, encourage, and promote the safe and efficient exploration for and development, production, and utilization of gas and oil resources.

VGOB hears appeals from persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a decision/order under the Virginia Gas and Oil Act related to the promulgation and enforcement of rules, regulations, and orders necessary to ensure the safe and efficient development and production of gas and oil resources located in Virginia. VGOB has specific authority to issue rules, regulations, or orders to prevent waste of oil and gas; to protect correlative rights; to enter spacing and pooling orders; to establish drilling units; to facilitate maximum recovery of coal; to classify pools and wells as gas, oil, or coalbed methane gas. View VGOB regulations here »

VGOB is composed of seven members appointed by the Governor. The Governor also appoints the chairman. One member of the Board is the Director of the Department of Energy or his designee. There must be one but not more than one member each from the gas and oil industry and the coal industry. The four remaining members cannot be representatives of the gas, oil or coal industry.

VGOB meets once each month; however, if no petition for action has been filed prior to the scheduled meeting, the meeting may be canceled. Four members constitute a quorum for transaction of any board business.


Board Hearings

Date Minutes Transcript/Audio
February 16, 2021 Cancelled
March 16, 2021 Cancelled
April 20, 2021 Minutes Audio
May 18, 2021 Cancelled
June 15, 2021 Cancelled
July 20, 2021 Minutes Audio
August 17, 2021 Cancelled
September 21, 2021 Cancelled
October 19, 2021 Cancelled
November 17, 2021 Cancelled
December 21, 2021 Cancelled
January 21, 2022 Cancelled

To learn about past hearings please visit TownHall and search for our agency here »