"The mining of coal, minerals, oil and natural gas production play an important part in Utah's economy, and without these natural resources we would not enjoy the standard of living we do in our modern society. The Division of Oil, Gas and Mining ensures our access to these natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner, while our Abandoned Mine Program works to protect the public from the dangers of unregulated past mining practices. Our employees really do make it happen."

John R. Baza
Director, Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining


Proposed Parley’s Canyon Mine Statement

The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (Division) received a Notice Of Intent (NOI) for a small mining operation (20 acres or less) in Parley’s Canyon, west of the Mount Aire area, in Salt Lake County. The proposed mine would mine hard rock sand and gravel, limestone, cement, and precious metals. A copy of the NOI is available Click here:

Under Utah Admin. Code Rule R647, the Division shall approve a small mine NOI as long as the operator has met all the requirements listed in rule, including submitting a complete operations and reclamation plan and posting an adequate bond.

Per the Utah Admin. Code, there is no public comment period associated with small mine NOIs. However, the Division accepts comments from the public at any time regarding questions and/or concerns. Emails can be sent to

The New Workplace: Modernizing Where, How, and When Utah Works

The State of Utah has implemented a new initiative across all state agencies entitled The New Workplace: Modernizing Where, How, and When Utah Works. Due to this new initiative, many staff are not in the office five days a week. We are taking all necessary steps to ensure we provide the same level of service to our customers, while increasing our efficiencies of how/where business is done. If you have business with the Division, please call or email before coming in to make sure necessary staff is available.

The Drill Down

The Drill Down is the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining's (OGM) quarterly newsletter. We want to keep residents informed of Division projects, acomplishments and educate Utahns on how energy and mineral development in Utah affects our quality of life. Click this link to read the latest newsletter.

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Changes to R647-1 to R647-5
The changes have been made by going through the rulemaking process with the intention of clearing up the definition of suspension.