"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


The Drill Down - April 2017

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, accomplishments and educate Utahns on how energy and mineral development in Utah affects our quality of more

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A report on underground gas storage was released today by a national Natural Gas Storage Work Group. The group, which was led by states from across the country and organized by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), developed the report Underground Gas Storage Regulatory Considerations to serve as a resource for regulatory agencies and includes input from experts in academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and other state and federal agencies. The 130-page report addresses the regulatory framework of underground gas storage, risk management, state permitting, well drilling and construction, well integrity, reservoir integrity, monitoring, and emergency response planning among other topics.

The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining announced the recipients’ of the 2017 Earth Day Awards at the April Board hearing in Salt Lake City. more

Briefing By Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining - 1/27/2016

TOPIC BRIEFING BY UTAH DIVISION OF OIL GAS & MINING. Director John Baza discusses the recent market shift in Utah's oil industry and the impact within DNR's Division of Oil Gas & Mining. Background provided on the Conservation Fee (production tax) that provides state general fund resources along with sole source funding for activities in the state Oil & Gas program. This short video (7 min) excerpt has been taken from the live OGM Board Briefing Session recorded 1/27/2016.
The complete briefing can be viewed at: Briefing By Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining - 1/27/2016