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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)
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