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Energy Programs

DEP's Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance (OPPEA) functions as the Pennsylvania Energy Office and is PA's main contact to the U.S. Department of Energy. The office assists, educates, and encourages Pennsylvanians to advance conservation and efficient use of diverse energy resources to provide for a healthier environment and to achieve greater energy security for future generations.

DEP's Office of Oil and Gas Management is responsible for the statewide oil and gas conservation and environmental programs to facilitate the safe exploration, development, recovery of Pennsylvania's oil and gas reservoirs in a manner that will protect the commonwealth's natural resources and the environment. The office develops policy and programs for the regulation of oil and gas development and production pursuant to the Oil and Gas Act, the Coal and Gas Resource Coordination Act, and the Oil and Gas Conservation Law; oversees the oil and gas permitting and inspection programs; develops statewide regulation and standards; conducts training programs for industry; and works with the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Technical Advisory Board.

DEP's Office of Active and Abandoned Mining Operations (AAMO) oversees nearly 500 Commonwealth employees located within four Bureaus. The office is responsible for the policies and implantation of programs that regulate or minimize the impact from the extraction of coal and noncoal (industrial minerals). The four programs have distinctive roles and responsibilities but are interrelated and coordinate efforts in many areas.