Contact Info


420 Hackberry Lane

P.O. Box 869999

Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-6999


205.349-2861 Fax



P.O. Box 1368

Mobile, AL 36633-1368

250 N. Water Street

Mobile, AL 36602



251.438.4805 Fax

OGB Board Members

James "Jim" Griggs

Mr. James "Jim" Griggs, a resident of Fairhope, was appointed to the Board on May 9, 2008. Mr. Griggs has had a distinguished career in state government as Director of the State Lands Division at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He also served as a member of the staff of the Geological Survey/State Oil and Gas Board in the mid-1970s. Mr. Griggs also had a private law practice in Mobile during the 1980s that specialized in oil and gas and real property litigation.


Charles "Ward" Pearson

Mr. Charles "Ward" Pearson of Tuscaloosa was appointed to the Board on May 9, 2008. Mr. Pearson is a prominent attorney with a private law practice in Tuscaloosa, where he is president of the Pearson Law Firm. His areas of practice are oil and gas law, environmental law, and natural resources law. Mr. Pearson also has served as an adjunct professor of oil and gas law at the University of Alabama School of Law since 1993.


Stephen French

Mr. Stephen P. French of Birmingham was appointed to the Board on November 1, 2015. He is the Managing Partner of Rice Advisory, LLC, Municipal Financial Advisors in Birmingham. Mr. French obtained a B.S. degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Auburn University in 1985. He served in the Alabama Senate for three terms from 1999-2010. Mr. French is originally from Jackson, Alabama.


Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr.

State Geologist/Oil and Gas Supervisor

Dr. Berry H. "Nick" Tew, Jr., a native Alabamian, was appointed State Geologist of Alabama in October 2002. Born in Mobile and raised in Sumter County, he has received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Geology. As State Geologist, Dr. Tew also serves as State Oil & Gas Supervisor and Secretary of the Oil and Gas Board and is the 6th individual to serve in this position since the establishment of the Board in 1945. He has a comprehensive knowledge of Alabama's surface and subsurface geology through his 21 years of professional geological experience that includes petroleum exploration and development. He is a professional geologist licensed by the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists, a member of the Geological Society of America, and is a 21-year member of the American Association for Petroleum Geologists.