IOGCC: Introducing the Oil and Gas Lobbying Compact

This DeSmog investigative series explores the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), the most influential oil and gas lobbying organization very few have heard of. 

IOGCC is a quasi-governmental agency based in Oklahoma City and located on property adjacent to the Governor's Mansion and on Oklahoma state property. The IOGCC is focused on oil and gas regulations, these days mostly centering around the issue of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), and consists of appointees selected by the governors of the 38 oil and gas producing states, plus eight Canadian provinces and three countries as international affiliates.

Often those appointees are lobbyists or industry attorneys. IOGCC’s membership roster is dominated by lobbyists and executives, which goes a long way in explaining how and why things work the way they do in the IOGCC, as well as in U.S. energy policy more broadly.

DeSmog's ongoing investigation will explain IOGCC's policy impacts and reach, its misleading public relations efforts, the revolving door between industry, governement and the organization, and its legally nebulous status as both exempt from open records requests and also receiving little congressional oversight. 

In this series

Jeff Sessions
With U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in the midst of Senate confirmation hearings, watchdog group...
By Steve Horn, 10 Jan, 2017
Jeff Sessions
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General...
By Steve Horn, 7 Dec, 2016
In a ruling on the Obama Administration's proposed regulations of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking...
By Steve Horn, 23 Jun, 2016
Emails and documents obtained from Oklahoma State University (OSU) under the state's open records...
By Steve Horn, 10 Jun, 2016
At the opening session of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)'s recent annual...
By Steve Horn, 2 Jun, 2016
On May 4, several environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental...
By Steve Horn, 24 May, 2016
At the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)'s 2016 meeting in Denver, Colorado this...
By Steve Horn, 17 May, 2016
Earthquakes caused by injection of shale oil and gas production wastes — and methane leakage from...
By Steve Horn, 15 Apr, 2016
The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) is far from a household name, but a new...
By Steve Horn, 11 Apr, 2016