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The state of Utah is ranked 11th in the country in crude oil production and 10th in natural gas gross production (Energy Information Administration; rankings based on 2012 oil production and 2011 natural gas production, not including Federal Offshore production areas). There are approximately 11,200 wells currently in production within the state.

The Oil and Gas Program of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (part of the Department of Natural Resources) was established in 1955 to prevent the waste of oil and natural gas, encourage conservation and protect correlative rights of oil and natural gas owners.

Our Mission today is to promote the exploration, development and conservation of oil and natural gas resources in Utah, to foster a fair economic return to the general public for such resources, and to maintain sound regulatory practices to ensure environmentally acceptable activities.

News and Announcements...

    NOTICE TO OPERATORS (1/2/2014) - 
    Annual Waste Management Plans Were Due January 15, 2014
    All operators of oil and gas wells (producing, shut in, or temporarily abandoned) are required to file an Annual Waste Management Plan. Rule R649-9-2.4 requires that the plan be filed each year by January 15 to account for the disposition of produced water and other E&P wastes. Click here to learn more.

    In recent years, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining has received LAS logs (Log ASCII Standard) for some new wells. These logs are now available for downloading. Click here to learn more.

    NOTICE TO OPERATORS (6/27/2013) - 
    Amended Waste Management and Disposal Rules Effective July 1, 2013
    The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining on June 26, 2013 approved the repeal of the prior R649-9 rules and the reenactment of the new R649-9 rules, with an effective date of July 1, 2013. Rule R649-9 pertains to the disposal and management of produced water and oil-field wastes. The rule can be reviewed by clicking here.

    NOTICE TO OPERATORS (4/24/2013) - 
    New Option for Submitting Well Completion Reports Now Available
    Utah oil and gas operators can now submit their Well Completion Reports (Form 8) and associated attachments by uploading a single pdf copy through the division's ePermit system (a "Completion Report" button is located on the Main Menu). This option replaces the need for submitting paper copies of this report. Hard copies of all required well logs must still be mailed to the division at this time.
    NOTE: Prior to filing reports electronically, companies must first submit an ePermit registration form.

    NOTICE TO OPERATORS (1/24/2013) - 
    New Surface Owner Protection Act Rules Effective January 23, 2013
    As a result of S.B. 77 passed by the 2012 Legislature, the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining approved Rule R649-3-38, Surface Owner Protection Act, effective January 23, 2013. The key focus of S.B. 77 and the new rule is to surface land that is defined as privately owned land overlying privately owned oil and gas resources, upon which oil and gas operations are conducted. The rule can be reviewed by clicking here.

    NOTICE TO OPERATORS (10/29/2012) - 
    New Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Effective November 1, 2012
    The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining has approved a hydraulic fracturing rule which has an effective date of November 1, 2012. Rule R649-3-39 requires all operators to report the amount and type of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations to the national registry website, "FracFocus", within 60 days of the work being performed. The rule can be reviewed by clicking here. To read Associate Director John Roger's Notice to Operators, click here.

    HYDRAULIC FRACTURING - What Is It? (2/8/2012) 
    There are a lot of stories in the media these days about hydraulic fracturing - a method used for nearly 65 years to increase production in oil and natural gas wells. Here are a few websites that will help you learn more about this process:
    - FracFocus (Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission)
    - Energy in Depth (Independent Petroleum Association of America)
    - Hydraulic Fracturing (American Petroleum Institute)

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