Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have organized a workgroup to discuss air quality concerns and operational limitations for temporary oil and gas drill rig operations at existing oil and gas facilities.  This workgroup will develop recommendations for improving air permit program policies and procedures, and includes representatives from the following interested parties:

  • DEC Air Quality Division
  • DNR Oil and Gas Division
  • Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA)
  • Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC)
  • Alaska Support Industry Alliance (ASIA)
  • North Slope Borough


Meetings of the workgroup will discuss options for changing air quality permitting of temporary oil and gas drill rigs to allow for greater operational flexibility while still addressing air quality concerns, such as the federal standards that protect air quality.

The next Workgroup meeting will be held on February 4, 2016. Information on location and time can be found in the notice below.

Workgroup Meeting Schedule (see below for additional information)

February 4, 2016; October 30, 2015; May 20, 2014; February 13, 2014; December, 5, 2013; November 14, 2013; August 22, 2013; July 9, 2013; June 26, 2013; June 4, 2013

Technical Subgroup Page

Options Subgroup Page

Additional Information:
Main Workgroup Schedule

Contacts for Workgroup on Temporary Oil and Gas Drill Rigs

Department of Environmental Conservation

Tom Turner, (907) 269-8123,

Department of Natural Resources

Jim Shine, (907) 269-8431,