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THE UTAH DIVISION OF OIL, GAS AND MINING DOES NOT PROVIDE EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR INCIDENTS

ACTIVATE YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM AS NEEDED

THEREAFTER:

 
MAJOR OIL & GAS EVENTS *
NOTIFY THE UTAH DIVISION OF OIL, GAS AND MINING IMMEDIATELY:
During Office Hours
Call (801) 538-5340
After Hours
Call (435) 820-0862 Primary
Call (801) 656-7741 Secondary
Required phone calls must be followed by a written report. See "Written Reports" below.

 
MINOR OIL & GAS EVENTS
Submit a written report within 5 days of the event.
See "Written Reports" below

 
WRITTEN REPORTS
Following the above phone calls, complete written reports of all undesirable events should be submitted to the division using the Incident Report eForm (via internet).

NOTE: Operators using the Incident Report eForm may now amend existing reports previously entered into the system. Original reports should be amended when corrections are needed, rather than creating new reports for the same event.

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* Definitions of Major Events:

  • Unauthorized release of more than 25 barrels of oil, salt water, oil field chemicals, or oil field wastes.
  • Unauthorized flaring, venting, or wasting of
    • More than 500 Mcf of natural gas at any drilling or producing well site, or at any injection or disposal facility; or
    • More than 1500 Mcf of natural gas at any transportation, gathering, or processing facility.
  • Any fire which consumes the volumes shown above.
  • Any spill, venting, or fire, regardless of the volume involved, which occurs in a sensitive area, e.g., parks, recreation sites, wildlife refuges, lakes, reservoirs, streams, urban or suburban areas.
  • Each accident which involves a fatal injury.
  • Each blowout; loss of control of a well.
  • Each release of natural gas containing 100 or more parts per million of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that is not controlled.

Rules

The division shall be notified of major and minor reportable events occurring at any oil or gas drilling, producing, transportation, gathering or processing facility, or at any injection or disposal facility.

Rule Reference:

Rule R649-3-32 Incident Reporting (links to the Office of Administrative Rules web site) - Rule Revised 10/26/2016.

Roles of the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining

The division's Oil and Gas Program -- so far as possible -- will perform the following roles for the types of events described above:
  • Be a central gathering point of information.
  • Provide short-term guidance to operators and citizens.
  • Provide long-term oversight to assure that remediation of the incident is accomplished.
The division does not provide emergency response for these types of incidents.

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