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The state of Utah ranked 11th in the country in crude oil production during 2014 and 10th in natural gas gross production during 2013 (Energy Information Administration; 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...

    NOTICE TO OPERATORS (10/27/2016) - 
    The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, on October 26, 2016, approved changes to rule R649-3-32, Incident Reporting. The effective date of the changes is November 1, 2016. Rule R649-3-32 pertains to the reporting of events involving such things as accidents, injuries, fatalities, fires, blowouts, loss of control of wells, and the unauthorized release of oil and natural gas-related product, by-product, or waste through flaring, venting, and spills. The rule can be reviewed by clicking here.


    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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