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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 2013 oil production and 2013 natural gas production, not including Federal Offshore production areas). There are approximately 12,300 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...

    IMPROVEMENTS TO FRAC FOCUS WEBSITE ANNOUNCED
    BY GROUND WATER PROTECTION COUNCIL
    AND INTERSTATE OIL & GAS COMPACT COMMISSION (3/10/2015)
     
    Utah Rule R649-3-39 became effective November 1, 2012. The rule requires all oil and gas operators to report the amount and type of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations to the national registry website, "FracFocus". The Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission have announced that improvements are being made to the site. click here to learn more.

    NOTICE TO WELL OPERATORS -
    WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR 2015 DUE BY JANUARY 15, 2015 (12/23/2014)
     
    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. Failure to submit a plan by the deadline will result in a Notice of Violation. Click here to learn more.

    NOTICE TO WELL OPERATORS -
    ANNUAL FLUID INJECTION REPORT AND FLUID ANALYSIS FOR 2014 DUE BY MARCH 1, 2015 (1/15/2015)
     
    Rule R649-8-21 requires that all operators of disposal wells, storage wells, or enhanced recovery projects file UIC Form 4, Annual Fluid Injection Report, within 60 days following the end of the year. Rule R649-5-5 requires that the fluids injected into each disposal well or project be sampled and analyzed no less frequently than once a year and a copy of the analysis be submitted with UIC Form 4. The report and analysis for 2014 are due by March 1. Failure to submit these by the deadline will result in a Notice of Violation. Click here to learn more.

    NOTICE TO WELL OPERATORS -
    MAINTENANCE OF WELL CELLARS AND CASING VALVES (12/22/2014)
     
    Division of Oil, Gas and Mining personnel have observed a lack of maintenance of well cellars and casing valves by some well operators. This is a violation of Rule R649-3-15, Pollution and Surface Damage Control. All well cellars must be kept clean and free of oil and other exploration and production fluids. Casing valves must be maintained in good mechanical condition. Beginning April 2015, the Division will issue Notices of Violation to those operators not in compliance. Click here to learn more.

    UTAH OIL PRODUCTION UP IN 2013, NATURAL GAS DOWN (5/15/2014)
    Production reports collected by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining for 2013 reveal that oil production continued an upward trend while natural gas production fell for the first time in several years. Crude oil production rose to 34,929,000 barrels (one barrel equals 42 U.S. gallons). This was a 15.7% increase from 2012 and the highest production level since 1987. Meanwhile, natural gas production dropped 4.1% from the previous year to 470,576,000 mcf (one mcf equals one thousand cubic feet). This was the first decrease in Utah natural gas production since 2010. At the end of the year, there were approximately 11,700 producing wells in the state. Click here to view more Utah oil and gas statistics.

    OPERATORS MUST REPORT
    ALL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING DETAIL TO FRAC FOCUS (5/15/2014)

    The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining approved a hydraulic fracturing rule which became effective 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)

    Office Hours
    The Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact us if you have questions.