The Oil and Gas Program (Chapter 377, Florida Statutes and Rules 62C-25 through 30, Florida Administrative Code) is the permitting authority for oil and gas activity within the Department of Environmental Protection. Companies interested in exploration or production of hydrocarbons in Florida are regulated by the Oil and Gas Program. Primary responsibilities of the program include conservation of oil and gas resources, correlative rights protection, maintenance of health and human safety, and environmental protection. These concerns are addressed through a system of permits and field inspections to ensure compliance.
Key activities include the permitting and oversight of drilling and operating wells, as well as geophysical operations. All permitted activities are inspected by Oil and Gas staff located in our two field offices near Florida's productive oil fields in northwest (Jay) and south (Fort Myers) Florida.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.